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BOBBY HARRISON: Legislators had options to fully fund MAEP, chose not to

Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, maintains that the new school funding formula being advocated by him and other members of the legislative leadership preserves the core tenets of the Mississippi Adequate Education program. Even Rebecca Sibilia, the chief executive officer of New Jersey-based EdBuild, who was paid $125,000 by the legislative leadership to develop a new funding formula, acknowledged ...

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Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

The next version of a bill to change Mississippi’s $2 billion-plus education funding formula won’t immediately increase proposed funding levels for schools, but might adjust funding upward sooner than the eight years the House proposes. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison discussed possible Senate changes to House Bill 957 Wednesday, after his committee discussed the House-passed bill. Tollison, an Oxford Republican, said ...

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Senate to begin considering school funding formula rewrite

Mississippi state senators are scheduled to begin discussing on Wednesday a plan to rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula. Officials made the announcement Tuesday as senators met with a consultant who helped develop ideas that were incorporated into House Bill 957 , which representatives passed last month. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says his committee will discuss the bill ...

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Chrestman named permanent leader for MSU Career Center

Angie Chrestman, who has served as the Mississippi State University Career Center’s interim director since last July, now is the permanent director. Chrestman succeeds Scott Maynard, who retired in 2017 after leading the center for nine years. The Career Center provides a wide variety of services and events to help MSU’s more than 21,800 students prepare for and find jobs ...

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Bracey of MSU honored by regional business educators

Pamela Scott-Bracey, an assistant professor since 2013 in Mississippi State University’s Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, recently was named Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Southern Business Education Association. A National Business Education Association affiliate, SBEA represents instructional, administrative and research professionals in a dozen states stretching from Virginia to Louisiana. Bracey is director and co-founder of ...

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Woodward Hines Education Foundation hires two staff and promotes four

The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) has hired two new staff and promoted four. WHEF’s mission is to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certifications, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment. The foundation’s signature program, Get2College, assists students, families, and counselors with planning and paying for college. Nikki Jackson has joined WHEF as the Executive Assistant to the ...

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House votes to give tax credit for college graduates

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The House, with no dissenting votes, approved a bill Wednesday to exempt college graduates working in the state from having to pay a state income tax for three years. The bill, authored by Rep. Trey Lamar, R-Senatobia, is being touted as an effort to address what some believe is “a brain drain” of young ...

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Mississippi high school graduation rate at record 83 percent

State officials said Thursday that a record 83 percent of Mississippi seniors graduated on time from high school in 2016-2017, even as some lawmakers demand an end to subject tests that affect whether students can graduate. State Superintendent Carey Wright said the higher rate is just one measure showing Mississippi schools are improving. “Are we where we want to be ...

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Construction camp offers students a hands-on view

The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi, invites eighth through 10th-graders to learn and explore the design and construction industry during the USM Building Futures Summer Camp. Scheduled for June 17-21 (beginners) and July 8-12 (advanced) on the USM campus in Hattiesburg, the sessions provide students with hands-on building activities taught by certified professionals. ...

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Nebraska, Mississippi colleges start poultry degree program

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has signed a cooperative agreement with Mississippi State University to train students for poultry-related careers. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the new program includes three semesters at the Nebraska college in Curtis and a semester at MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students enrolled in the program will earn an associate of applied ...

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