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Analysis: Budget increase sought amid popularity of museums

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History receives a small slice of the state budget. But, with two new museums already gaining international attention, the department plays a large role in shaping the public perception of the state. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, two entities under a single roof, opened with a public celebration ...

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Analysis: Opponents say school merger won’t save money

Residents trying to prevent consolidation of the Richton and Perry County school districts are trying a new argument — that combining the two would cost more money and not less. Lawmakers last year appointed a study commission of people from the two districts to suggest plans for a merger. That’s a common tactic when local lawmakers are fighting consolidation. Such ...

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Dem response: Bryant failed to note Mississippi problems

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant failed to acknowledge many of Mississippi’s problems in the State of the State address, a lawmaker said in the Democrats’ televised response. Bryant gave the speech Tuesday at the Capitol, saying critics are portraying Mississippi in a negative light. Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford said Mississippi is last in public education, last in mental health care ...

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School choice push continues in Senate, House chance unclear

Backers of allowing Mississippi parents to spend public education money outside the traditional public school system continue to push for action in the 2018 legislature. Tuesday, Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, held a hearing where supporters made their case. Tollison says he still plans to introduce a bill that would expand the current program beyond students ...

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Mississippi University for Women leader to step down in June

Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig announced Monday at a campus faculty meeting that he will step down in June. The 61-year-old Borsig wrote in a letter that he and his wife will move to Maine but maintain their ties to Columbus by working with a nonprofit group called Global Connections. “Since this job doesn’t come with an expiration ...

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Coast lawmaker named Mississippi House Education chairman

A Gulf Coast lawmaker is the new leader of the Mississippi House Education Committee. Republican Richard Bennett of Long Beach was named chairman Friday by House Speaker Philip Gunn. Bennett succeeds Republican John Moore of Brandon, who resigned in December facing sexual harassment claims. Republican Casey Eure of Saucier replaces Guice as Gaming Committee chairman. Republican Timmy Ladner of Poplarville ...

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Analysis: Benefits from good preschool programs could be big

It’s a soft sell – come and listen to renowned figures who have studied the benefits of educating very young children, and maybe people will leave charged up to support more and better preschool programs in Mississippi. With that in mind, the University of Mississippi’s Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning brought two of the most renowned figures ...

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Analysis: Many parents for 2 Mississippi history museums

Two museums telling the story of Mississippi are opening on the eve of the state’s bicentennial, culminating years of planning. Many people deserve credit for pushing the projects from vague concepts into see-it-and-touch-it reality. High on that list is former Gov. Haley Barbour. During his final year in office, in 2011, Republican Barbour persuaded lawmakers to approve $38 million in state financing ...

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Jackson school takeover back on table under separate law

The state could take over three Mississippi school districts, including Jackson, because of poor academic performance. A Mississippi Department of Education panel recommended Wednesday to place the highest priority on taking over the Humphreys County and Noxubee County, but recommended that the state Board of Education also consider taking over Jackson schools. The board is scheduled to decide in December. ...

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Bryant forms coalition to develop collaborative plan to improve Jackson Public Schools

Gov. Phil Bryant has formed a coalition that will develop a collaborative, comprehensive plan to improve Jackson Public Schools. It centers on community involvement, collaborative governance and strategic investments. It does not initiate a state takeover of JPS, though the Mississippi Department of Education’s request remains active. Instead, it brings together JPS stakeholders and forms partnerships with national and local ...

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