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Analysis: Challenges loom large in rewriting funding formula

An effort to change or rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula kicks off in earnest this week as representatives of EdBuild arrive in Jackson. House and Senate leaders hired the New Jersey nonprofit to advise them on possible changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. There are lots of challenges that must be surmounted in any serious rewrite, and it seems ...

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Typical school district a ‘C’ in Mississippi rating system

After a new test and a recalibrated grading system, the typical Mississippi public school and school district rates a C under the state’s A-to-F rating system. The 2015-2016 grades, released Thursday by the Mississippi Department of Education, are the first in several years that count for everyone. For two years in a row, schools or districts got waivers to use ...

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Cleveland ready to merge schools, but would shut East Side High School

A Mississippi school district says it’s ready to stop fighting a plan to merge historically black and white schools. But the district’s willingness to act comes at a cost — closing historically black schools. The move is a concession for the Cleveland school district, which has fought federal efforts to merge two middle schools and two high schools. But some ...

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Ole Miss student’s business connects football fans to homes

By TAYLOR DOWDEN OXFORD – If you’re thinking about renting your home to fans during football season to make extra cash, a University of Mississippi junior business major has created a company to help. Max Burke, 23, is helping local residents make extra money renting their homes to football fans when the Ole Miss Rebels play through his company, College Town ...

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Revamp of Mississippi education funding formula proposed

Mississippi’s Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that they want to rewrite the state’s nearly 20-year-old education funding formula to put more money into the classroom and less into administrative expenses. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn said the Senate Rules and House Management committees on Tuesday hired a private, nonprofit firm called EdBuild to examine how the ...

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Ocean Springs students benefit from crowdfunding site

OCEAN SPRINGS — Broadcasting students at Ocean Springs High School have been testing new equipment purchased with the help of a crowdfunding website. The $300 worth of equipment, including tripods with iPhone adapters and microphones, was paid for with help from the DonorsChoose.org site. WLOX-TV reports that the equipment arrived last week and students began testing it Monday. Donorschoose.org is ...

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Audit: Take back $3.4M in FEMA money from Mississippi school

Auditors say the Federal Emergency Management Agency should take back nearly all of $3.5 million in grants approved for a church-run school in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, though a school official says it actually received $2.8 million. FEMA lacked adequate policies to prevent an “unaccredited and unlicensed non-public school” from getting federal money, the Department of Homeland Security inspector ...

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New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design

By LISA MONTI A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi. The $10,000 Community Partnerships grant was awarded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., an international nonprofit that promotes responsible forest management. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other partners in the industry added $12,000 in ...

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USM to cut nonresident tuition in bid to boost enrollment

The University of Southern Mississippi is cutting tuition for students from outside the state in a bid to boost enrollment and revenue. Mississippi’s College Board voted Thursday to approve USM’s plans to cut non-resident tuition and fees from $16,529 to $9,964 starting in fall 2017. In-state residents are scheduled to pay $7,963 for the same two semesters of full time ...

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USM Gulf Park shows off its benefits to the Coast

University of Southern Mississippi officials believe attracting more high-tech businesses to the Coast is just one way to ramp up enrollment at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The Sun Herald reports USM Gulf Park Vice President Steve Miller offered statistics showing the university’s economic contributions to the Coast. In fiscal year 2015, USM Gulf Park directly generated $115.6 ...

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