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ACLU-MS gets $1 million to address ‘disparate’ school disciple

From Staff The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi Foundation (ACLU-MS) received a two-year $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address “excessive discipline” of African-American boys in schools. The Kellogg Foundation and ACLU-MS say they want statewide standards for school discipline that ensure that the codes of student conduct in Mississippi’s school districts meet basic standards of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Frierson takes hard looks at tax breaks and Initiative 42

You’ve got to admire Herb Frierson. There aren’t many straight shooters in Mississippi politics anymore.   Back in 2013, the House Appropriations Committee chairman called the increasing number of tax breaks coming out of the Republican legislature a big problem, noting the legislature had no way to determine the cumulative impact of such cuts over time.   As reported in ...

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A study with impact: Army contract gives USM one of world’s most advanced helmet-liner facilities

A unique, multi-disciplinary approach to research combining the skills of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Kinesiology and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is credited with the decision of the U.S. Army to award USM a $4.9 million contract for development and evaluation of a helmet liner designed to provide enhanced head protection for the military. ...

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Employers support the expanded role of National Guard

The importance of the Mississippi National Guard has always been understood by state employers, but with multiple deployments in recent years Guard members’ role has expanded. U.S. wars in the Middle East have meant longer and more deployments by Guard members to augment the regular Army. As valuable members of the work force, these citizen soldiers play dual roles. According ...

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DAVID DALLAS: For Fear of 42

According to Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary, the Mississippi Legislature is off the hook when it comes to funding our K-12 schools under a formula outlined in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), at least for now. Former Mississippi Governor, Ronnie Musgrove, lost his case to have school districts fully funded under MAEP in order to meet mid-level academic ...

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Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary’s ruling was signed Tuesday and filed Wednesday in a lawsuit that former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove brought last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district, ...

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Dr. Robert Bateman Jr. elected to board

Dr. Robert Bateman Jr., professor of biomedical sciences and associate dean for research at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term on the executive board of the Association of Biochemistry Course Directors. Bateman joined the Carey faculty in 2011 after previously serving on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where ...

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Analysis: State considers other options for failing schools

  When Gov. Phil Bryant approved plans by the Mississippi Department of Education last week to take over the Tunica County school district, it was a familiar process. Mississippi has taken over a district at least 19 times since 1996. Tunica joins Oktibbeha County and North Panola on the list of districts that have been taken over twice. More than ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are schools teaching the way to peace, liberty, and safety

Kids get abysmal grade in history,” read the headline. “Most U.S. high school seniors have a poor grasp of the nation’s history,” read the story’s first line.   Diane Ravitch, historian, NYU professor, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education said, “Our ability to defend – intelligently and thoughtfully – what we as a nation hold dear depends on our ...

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Court dismisses suit against DSU president

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a faculty member at Delta State University. William “Bill” Hays sued the school in 2014 after his contract was not renewed as chairman of the Division of Languages and Literature. He now teaches English at Delta State. Hays argued he was removed from the chairmanship in violation of ...

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