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Proposal could shift more school funding to local districts

Mississippi’s per-pupil education spending would remain at least the same or could even increase, but more of the cost could be shifted to local taxpayers rather than the state budget under proposals for a new school funding formula that consultants presented to lawmakers Monday. The per-pupil cost would depend on several variables, including how much would be spent on technology, ...

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DRONES TO THE RESCUE — 3 state colleges combine skills to build ambulance drones

By BECKY GILLETTE Italo Subbarao, DO, MBA, senior associate dean with the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is an emergency physician with a specialty in disaster medicine and emergency response. The former director of the American Medical Association Public Health Readiness Office in Chicago is now using his experience to work with Hinds Community College to develop ambulance ...

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Madison elementary teacher wins $25,000 educator award

A Madison first-grade teacher has been chosen as one of 35 teachers nationwide to receive a $25,000 teaching prize. Allison Ruhl was named a winner of the Milken Educator Award at Madison Station Elementary School. Ruhl is being honored in part for leadership. She helped develop first-grade assessments for Madison County and another district, and helped write a new first-grade and second-grade ...

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Pearl River Community College president to retire in June

Pearl River Community College President William Lewis is set to retire this summer. News outlets report that school officials in a news release that Lewis notified the college’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday that he will retire June 30. He has been president of PRCC since 2000. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center, will take ...

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Bill on filling superintendent vacancies heads to governor

A bill heading to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant would let school boards statewide appoint replacements for elected superintendents who resign in the next three years. A 2016 state law makes all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. The elected superintendent in Webster County resigned Dec. 31, and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says it would ...

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Mississippi governor: School funding formula ‘a 1992 model’

Gov. Phil Bryant says it’s time to update Mississippi’s school funding formula because the current one is outdated. Republican Bryant spoke Thursday to several hundred business people at an event sponsored by Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. Bryant says the current school funding formula is “a 1992 model,” although it was put into law in 1997. He ...

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Bill would let school boards fill superintendent vacancies

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a measure that would let school boards appoint replacements for elected school superintendents who resign in the next three years. In 2016, the Legislature enacted a law making all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. Webster County Superintendent Jack Treloar, who was elected, resigned Dec. 31. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, ...

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Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade. USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by ...

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Report: Fund charter school board in regular budget process

Mississippi should change how its funds its charter school agency, a report from a legislative watchdog agency said. The Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, in a report released Tuesday, said lawmakers should consider funding the Charter School Authorizer Board through regular appropriations. The board is supposed to fund operations by collecting 3 percent of state and local ...

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