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BILL CRAWFORD — Legislators should take hard look at university admissions

USM cut out-of-state tuition by 40 percent “to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states,” reported the Clarion-Ledger.    IHL data shows the average percentage of out-of-state students attending Mississippi public universities is 30 percent. The averages for each university are ASU 24 percent, DSU 17 percent, JSU 23 percent, MSU 34 percent, MUW 15 percent, MVSU 23 percent, ...

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Mississippi school funding proposal splits education allies

A proposal to change how Mississippi pays for schools is splitting traditional allies in the education community. Some want to hold out for the current formula, noting a consultant’s proposal would still come up $96 million short of the state’s legal obligation today, according to projections by The Associated Press. Others, though, say they’ve given up on Republicans ever embracing ...

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AP analysis: Plan boosts 80 percent of Mississippi schools

Lawmakers are considering a school funding proposal that could send more state money to nearly 80 percent of Mississippi’s school districts, according to an Associated Press review. For some superintendents, the money sounds like a godsend — a way to hire more teachers, pay them more, replace rickety buses and leaking roofs, maybe even cut property taxes. But much of ...

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School district mergers eyed in Chickasaw and Perry counties

Bills are moving ahead in the Senate that would require the merger of two sets of school districts in 2019. Senate Bill 2461 would merge the Perry County and Richton school districts. Senate Bill 2463 would consolidate the Houston and Chickasaw County school districts. However, unlike earlier proposals, it would exclude the Okolona school district from merging with those two. ...

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William Carey sets steps in Mississippi tornado recovery

A Mississippi university heavily damaged by Saturday’s tornado is taking more steps toward recovery. William Carey University asked its 800 dorm residents to return to campus Wednesday through Friday to retrieve personal belongings and vehicles. Spokeswoman Mia Overton said the college will have counselors and pastors on hand to help students who may be traumatized. » READ more at Hattiesburg ...

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College Board trustee Karen Cummins dies from cancer

A College Board trustee in Mississippi has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Karen Cummins died at home Sunday in Oakland. She was 59. Cummins had risen through the ranks with Atmos Energy, starting as an office clerk in 1979 and becoming a vice president for the natural gas utility in 2012. Cummins oversaw northern Mississippi operations for Atmos. ...

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Millsaps College gets pledge of $1 million from physician

A Jackson ophthalmologist and his wife are pledging a $1 million gift to Millsaps College. Dr. Richard Blount and his wife, the Rev. Martha Blount, announced the pledge Tuesday. They are providing a $1 million trust that will go to the college in 2026. The Jackson college, with nearly 1,000 students, will decide how the gift is used, although the ...

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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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