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Mississippi graduation rate hits new record of 84 percent

Mississippi is graduating a greater share of its students in four years than ever before, with 84 percent of public high school seniors earning their diplomas on time last year, the Mississippi Department of Education said Thursday . The department said the mark for the 2017-2018 is the highest on record in Mississippi, up from 83 percent in 2016-2017 and ...

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Mississippi businesses ask for focus on worker training

Mississippi lawmakers and officials tell business leaders they’re hearing their concerns about needing more and better-educated workers, touting efforts to improve child care and produce more high school graduates. The Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, says it’s making workforce development one of its main priorities in this year’s Legislature. The council met Thursday in Jackson for its ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Prerequisite for brain power is brain development

“Area’s with brain power have a competitive advantage over other areas,” I researched and wrote in a column 16 years ago. “Brain power is the gold of the 21st Century in America.” I recalled this column after reading a recent opinion column by Dr. Cathy Grace, the co-director of the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at Ole ...

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Mississippi receiving federal grant for preschool programs

Mississippi is receiving a $10.6 million federal grant for preschool programs, Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday. Bryant said the grant will expand a system developed by his State Early Childhood Advisory Council and the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The governor said the money will help “maximize parental choice and engagement” with a goal of ensuring children have a smooth ...

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Hadley: Austin has nothing on Jackson and Mississippi

By NASH NUNNERY Elizabeth Ross Hadley left her heart in Mississippi. A lawyer/lobbyist with prestigious Texas firm Greenberg Traurig, Hadley and her husband Bryan made the decision ten years ago to move to Austin for better and bigger opportunities than her home state could offer. But the Jackson native comes home several times a year to visit family, attend Ole ...

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Ole Miss seeks to expand beer sales at non-athletic events

The University of Mississippi is seeking state approval to sell beer at more locations on its Oxford campus. The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors last week approved an application by the university for resort status for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Pavilion arena and adjoining outdoor areas. The Oxford Eagle reports a university lawyer told county supervisors that Ole Miss plans to ...

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Analysis: In Jackson schools report, tough recommendations

Inside a layer of ego-protecting bubble wrap about eager students, a caring staff and a supportive community in the recent report on Jackson’s public school system, there are a handful of rock-hard recommendations. Now, the key questions are whether new superintendent Errick Greene will adopt them and accomplish them. The report by consultants Insight Education Group is in some ways ...

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NANCY LOOME — School funding: What is reasonable?

What happens when elected officials undervalue public education? Mississippians – especially our children – are left at a competitive disadvantage. Communities wither and once-thriving businesses disappear. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann recently shared the results of a survey showing that an educated workforce is by far the top priority of Mississippi business leaders, particularly of small business owners. Yet Mississippi ...

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College sees steady enrollment in HVAC

By TED CARTER Eighteen schools in Mississippi are giving assistance to a U.S. heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry starved for new workers. The schools, most of which are community colleges, offer programs designed to address a skills gap that could stall commercial and residential construction in Mississippi if not filled. At the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 20 ...

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Mississippi agency probes school district accused of fraud

The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program. The Sun Herald reported Monday that it has obtained documents indicating the investigation involves complaints by district employee and whistleblower Victoria Moon Conway. A November letter by Conway to the school board accuses the district of illegal activity and the ...

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