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USM College of Nursing begins moving into new home

Faculty and staff in the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi have started moving into their new home on the western edge of the Hattiesburg campus. The university, in a news release Tuesday, said classes are scheduled to begin in the new facility — Asbury Hall — for the 2017 spring semester. Groundbreaking on the $31 million ...

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Ole Miss Provost Morris Stocks to return to faculty

After nine years as University of Mississippi provost and executive vice chancellor, Morris H. Stocks is returning to the faculty at the Patterson School of Accountancy. The university said Monday that Stocks’ move takes effect Jan. 1. Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter says Stocks’ administrative legacy is substantial and the fruits of his work will be visible for years to come. ...

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Trustees start looking for new Jackson State president

College Board Trustee C.D. Smith of Meridian will lead the search for a new president of Jackson State University. Board president Dr. Doug Rouse appointed Smith Thursday, naming all other trustees as members of the board’s search committee. Smith says he plans to name a campus advisory committee in coming weeks. Trustees plan to hire a consultant to run the ...

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Analysis: School funding debate bumpy, but direction unclear

Despite an eventful couple of days in discussions about rewriting the state education funding formula, the public is no closer to knowing what changes lawmakers will consider to the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Instead, Mississippians got a lot of outrage from people who oppose changes because they don’t trust Republican legislators. First, there was Tuesday’s detour into the Legislature’s ...

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Many say funding, not formula is problem with schools

By BOBBY HARRISON A vast majority of citizens speaking at a public hearing Thursday on the possible revamp of the funding formula that provides state funds to local school districts said the issue is not the formula, but is legislators not properly funding the formula. They also questioned what they said was “the secrecy” by the legislative leadership in efforts to ...

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At Mississippi school funding hearing, many say spend more

Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money. A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. “I have yet to be convinced the current ...

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Mississippi wants former college students to finish degrees

Leaders of Mississippi’s universities and community colleges are announcing a plan to encourage people to complete college degrees. The Complete 2 Compete program aims at people who started college but never earned a degree or certificate. Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday at a College Board meeting that the state could use workforce training money and grants to fund an estimated ...

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CORRECTION: Cleveland School Board OKs alternate desegregation plan

KATE ROYALS, Mississippi Today The Cleveland School Board is expected to begin steps Monday to raise $3.65 million to build a new 9th grade wing and make other improvements to buildings as part of its plan to desegregate the school district. The school board called a special meeting Monday night to begin the process of borrowing money to pay for ...

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Rankin Co. school superintendent, board discuss bond issue

Officials with the Rankin County School District are hoping the second time will be the charm, with a bond issue slated for early March. Five years ago a $169.5 million bond issue was rejected. Fifteen years have passed since voters last approved a bond issue, with more than 80 percent signing off on a $69 million proposal. A final plan ...

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Marine research center to break ground in Port of Gulfport

Officials say a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for a new marine research center in the Port of Gulfport. The Sun Herald reports the ceremony for the Port of Gulfport Marine Research Center will take place Monday. The center will have several elements of the University of Southern Mississippi’s new School of Ocean Science and Technology. USM chair and professor ...

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