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BILL CRAWFORD — Move remediation to community colleges and hybrid universities

Across the nation ever rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time ever rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students.    “The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue,” said ...

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Analysis: Lack of info not helping school funding rewrite

There’s still time to have a real discussion about possible changes to Mississippi’s school funding formula. Last week’s derailment of what had once looked like a legislative freight train might provide the opportunity. Unable to decide on what proposals to bring forward, leaders in the House and Senate both abandoned placeholder bills to die at Thursday’s deadline. The issue could ...

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No move on school money, raising questions about what’s next

In a back room, for reasons legislative leaders won’t explain, bills to rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula died Thursday. The two leaders say they haven’t given up on what was supposed to be their signature issue for 2017. Both say they’re still talking about recommendations to replace the current formula — the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Both say that if ...

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State MBA programs on the rise nationally

By BECKY GILLETTE The Masters of Business Administration  degree program at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration continues to gain national recognition, most recently ranking 36th among America’s public universities in the Bloomberg Business Week News Service annual rankings of MBA programs in the U.S. This was the third year Ole Miss went up in BBW rankings. Ken ...

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Bryant names former justice Ann Lamar to College Board

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming recently retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia to the College Board. The 64-year-old Lamar replaces Karen Cummins, a trustee who died from cancer in January, representing the northern third of the state. Senators must confirm Lamar’s nomination to 12-member board, which oversees Mississippi’s eight public universities. She would serve the remainder of ...

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Mississippi lawmakers pledge school funding details soon

Top Mississippi lawmakers say a new K-12 school funding formula will be unveiled this week and it won’t raise the share that local districts must pay. House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Read, a Gautier Republican, says he expects a plan “in the next couple of days.” Placeholder bills could be amended with details as lawmakers consider them before a Thursday ...

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Top school districts could become exempt on reports to state

The Mississippi House voted Monday to exempt top-rated school districts from having to report information about curriculum and some other matters to the state Department of Education. House Bill 1224 also would allow A- and B-rated districts to offer financial incentives to teachers. Some lower-rated school districts have difficulty attracting teachers, and current state law lets them forgive student loans ...

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Jackson State asks alumni to give to offset cash crunch

Jackson State University’s temporary leader Monday asked alumni to dig into their pockets to overcome the school’s financial challenges. Interim President Rod Paige stated in a letter to graduates that the 10,000-student university’s expenses are exceeding income. He asked graduates to each contribute $100 to an “urgent fundraising campaign” that seeks to raise $5 million. “This is a special personal ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Inflated university enrollment costs taxpayers

With tight state budgets looming for the foreseeable future, government operations must be rationalized to higher levels of efficiency and performance. Mississippi’s public universities should not be exempt from this process.    In last week’s column I suggested legislators look hard at university admission standards and out-of-state tuition. IHL’s current approach is to admit under-prepared students and to discount out-of-state ...

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Jackson State to repay $1.17M in federal science money

Jackson State University will pay $1.17 million to settle claims that it didn’t keep records supporting spending of federal money, and then faked records it gave to auditors. The federal prosecutor in Jackson announced the agreement Wednesday about National Science Foundation grants the university received from 2006 to 2011. U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis says JSU agreed to repay the money ...

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