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Mississippi governor: School funding formula ‘a 1992 model’

Gov. Phil Bryant says it’s time to update Mississippi’s school funding formula because the current one is outdated. Republican Bryant spoke Thursday to several hundred business people at an event sponsored by Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. Bryant says the current school funding formula is “a 1992 model,” although it was put into law in 1997. He ...

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Bill would let school boards fill superintendent vacancies

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a measure that would let school boards appoint replacements for elected school superintendents who resign in the next three years. In 2016, the Legislature enacted a law making all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. Webster County Superintendent Jack Treloar, who was elected, resigned Dec. 31. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, ...

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Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade. USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by ...

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Report: Fund charter school board in regular budget process

Mississippi should change how its funds its charter school agency, a report from a legislative watchdog agency said. The Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, in a report released Tuesday, said lawmakers should consider funding the Charter School Authorizer Board through regular appropriations. The board is supposed to fund operations by collecting 3 percent of state and local ...

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SELENA SWARTZFAGER — Red Panther Champions, Indeed!

During the summer of 2014 I met Larry Lewis.  Larry is a teacher at Coahoma Jr. High in Clarksdale, MS and I came to know him through professional development the MS Council on Economic Education was offering through the College Knowledge Project.  Larry was different in that he had a 25 year career in the United States Navy before becoming ...

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Thompson earns grant

MSU assistant professor Courtney E. Thompson, who specializes in the history of U.S. women, science and medicine, has been named a 2017 recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health. The award supports research using Academy library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine ...

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Lucas to direct USM center

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center. Lucas joins USM after serving as the chief scientific officer at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources since 2013. A South Mississippi native, Lucas holds a doctorate degree in coastal sciences from ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is out-of-state student growth good for Mississippi taxpayers?

USM, seeking students, reduces out-of-state tuition,” read the recent newspaper headline.    “The idea is to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states, and attract enough high-schoolers from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to raise overall revenue,” explained the Clarion-Ledger story. USM cut annual tuition for out-of-state students by 40%, ...

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Natchez-Adams County school leaders talk costs new school

The Natchez-Adams School District superintendent says costs for a new high school were cut from $42 million to $22 million mainly by decreasing the size of the proposed facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the district’s architecture firm, M3A of Jackson, presented plans for a two-story high school to go next to the current high school at a cost of $22 ...

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