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Analysis: Conflicting messaging helped doom new school funding formula

Legislative leaders in their failed effort to rewrite the Mississippi Adequate Education Program school funding formula touted two, conflicting messages. On the one hand, they argued that the Adequate Education Program needed to be replaced because the state could not afford to provide the amount of money to local school districts that was called for under the school funding formula. ...

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Jackson Prep names new head of school

The Jackson Prep Board of Trustees has selected Lawrence Coco to serve as its next head of school. He will replace Interim Head of School Denny Britt. Coco graduated from Jackson Prep in 1992. He attended the University of Mississippi where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, double majoring in English and History. After graduation, Coco worked at Prep as an ...

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Senators tweak rewrite of Mississippi school funding formula

State senators are moving a rewrite of Mississippi’s school funding formula a step closer to passage. However, changes made to House Bill 957 in the Senate Education Committee Tuesday mean any plan must return to the House for approval, or a conference will be needed to reconcile differences between chambers. The new formula would replace today’s Mississippi Adequate Education Program. ...

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Mississippi lawmakers: Schools could let teachers carry guns

Mississippi lawmakers have proposed letting teachers and other school employees with special training carry guns onto campus.The Senate Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday amended House Bill 1083 , allowing public and private school administrators to establish school safety programs that would allow teachers to carry guns. School employees would have to receive 12 hours of training every two years from the Mississippi ...

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Senate changes poverty definition in its version of school funding bill

  Senate Education Committee members will consider another version of the school funding bill today that changes the calculation of poverty. Sen. Gray Tollison, a Republican from Oxford and the chairman of the committee, sent the strike-all amendment to committee members late Friday. The new version of House Bill 957 would calculate each district’s funding for low-income students based on ...

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Ole Miss discussion aimed at business beginners

  OXFORD – Business experts from the University of Mississippi and the local community will lead a Wednesday discussion about questions potential business owners need to investigate before forming a limited liability company. Part of the Spark Series, the panel discussion is titled “Questions You Should Ask Before You Begin Your Business.” The event, set for 4 p.m. in the ...

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Monroe Chamber, school districts collaborate for workforce development

AMORY – Economic incentives and available industrial sites are important components when it comes to attracting industry, but economic developers, cities and counties don’t have as firm of a ground to stand on without a solid workforce. Continued partnerships between the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s school districts are yielding progress to plant early interest and harbor ...

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$67 million MSU housing plan could become model for state

The idea for Mississippi State University’s upcoming $67 million apartment-style student housing began on the golf course. “I was playing golf with the president of University of Kentucky, Eli Capilouto, and they were having issues not unlike what we were having in Mississippi with concerns about needing to upgrade their facilities – particularly their housing facilities,” said Mark Keenum, president ...

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Former Tupelo Public School District Superintendent Mike Vinson dies

  BRANDON – A former Tupelo Public School District administrator and leader in the Tupelo community died Saturday. Dr. Michael Vinson worked for TPSD from 1994 until his retirement in 2002 as deputy superintendent and later leader of the district when named superintendent in 1995. During his 35-year career in public education, he served as a coach, teacher and principal ...

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USM Online Nursing and MBA Programs highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online Nursing and Master of Business Administration programs have received high rankings by the U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report ranks online degree programs according to student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology. The online nursing program has been ranked #58 in Best ...

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