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William Carey turns to online learning after tornado

William Carey University says it will use online systems as much as possible to finish winter trimester classes and to teach students during the spring trimester. The school’s Hattiesburg campus was heavily damaged by Saturday’s tornado in south Mississippi, leading officials to send home 800 students who live on campus and call off classes on Monday for the 3,200 students ...

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Mississippi high school graduation rate rises for third year

A larger share of Mississippi high schoolers than ever before are graduating. The state Department of Education announced Thursday that the graduation rate rose to 82.3 percent last year. That’s still below the national average of 83.2 percent, but the share of students earning diplomas within four years has been on the rise in Mississippi since 2015. The drop-out rate ...

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Trustees give final approval to Delta State tuition increase

Delta State University will raise the sticker price for students by 5 percent this fall. The College Board gave final approval Thursday to the plan to increase total tuition and fees from $6,418 to $6,733 at the 3,600-student university. Delta State charges Mississippi residents and out-of-state students the same price for tuition. The plans won initial approval in December, but ...

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Mississippi universities sign formal pact to aid development

Mississippi’s eight public universities and its business recruitment agency are signing an agreement to work together to improve the state’s economy. Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce and Mississippi Development Authority Director Glenn McCullough signed the formal agreement Thursday at a College Board meeting in Jackson. Boyce says universities have worked with MDA for decades to recruit industry to the state. ...

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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 — 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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