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Mississippi again moves to rejigger school rating system

A year after a bruising debate over how Mississippi’s schools should be rated, education officials are revisiting their decisions. State Department of Education officials said Tuesday that technical flaws in the system approved last year must be fixed, or else results will falsely show that Mississippi has fewer high-performing school districts than last year. But the plan would push up ...

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Analysis: Financial questions for 2 of 3 charter finalists

  Decision time is drawing near for Mississippi’s Charter School Advisory Board. While a proposed school in Clarksdale has an impressive list of supporters, those who want to open schools in Canton and Drew may face questions. The board decides once a year on new applications to open the alternative form of public schools, which are run by private nonprofits. ...

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EDUCATION: Oh, those yearly work reviews

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Like a valuable car, most businesses need a periodic engine tune-up, In most cases that includes the annual employee performance review. These reviews — if executed properly — will help ensure that companies remain consistent in their services and values while providing an avenue for honest dialogue between management and employees. “One of first things you ...

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Analysis: Unclear path for revamp of Mississippi student aid

As tuition grows more expensive at Mississippi’s universities and community colleges, more students are seeking aid to help them pay. But the state’s financial aid programs have problems of their own. And while aid might be revamped, competing interests might preserve the status quo. Mississippi has three major undergraduate grant programs: the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), the Eminent ...

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Jackson State to cut budget and borrow money to aid finances

Jackson State University will cut its next budget by nearly 8 percent and borrow $6 million as it continues to work through financial difficulties The moves at Mississippi’s largest historically black university were approved Thursday by College Board trustees. The board also approved plans to eliminate nine departments through mergers and to downgrade the School of Journalism and Media Studies ...

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Mississippi community college costs up 13 percent after cuts

Tuition and fees at Mississippi’s 15 community and junior colleges will rise by 13 percent this fall, with the average annual price exceeding $3,000 for the first time as schools try to offset state budget cuts. That’s bad news for students like Temeria Payton of Canton, who is studying liberal arts and foreign languages at Holmes Community College in Ridgeland. ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Federal lawsuit takes off where Initiative 42 failed

Will Bardwell of Jackson, a senior attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, is trying to do through an innovative lawsuit what voters narrowly rejected in 2015 – to amend the state Constitution to strengthen Mississippi’s commitment to public education. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi, is not seeking any money, but ...

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Mississippi sued over unequal education for black students

Mississippi’s leaders are being sued again over school funding, this time by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of four black public school students. This lawsuit says Mississippi is failing to meet requirements of the federal law that readmitted the state to the union after the Civil War. That law says the state must never deprive any citizen of ...

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Universities will get bonds despite no agreement in 2017 session

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Even though the 2017 legislative session ended with no bond bill to finance long-term construction work during the next fiscal year, some bonds still are scheduled to be issued for building projects on university campuses. In the 2016 session, the Legislature took the unusual step of issuing two years of bond projects for the ...

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Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically

By BECKY GILLETTE The field of technology transfer from higher education to business and commercial developments once focused strongly on obtaining patents for products developed by university research. Today, there are many commercialization projects that may benefit more from other types of protection, said Chase Kasper, assistant vice president for research, technology transfer and corporate relations, University of Southern Mississippi ...

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