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Bryant declares emergency in two school districts

CLAIBORNE COUNTY and LEFLORE COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency yesterday in the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, clearing the way for the state Department of Education to take them over. The State Board of Education last Friday sought the declaration so it could remove superintendents and school boards in both districts and appoint ...

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MSU's Gilbert in running for president of South Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. — The trustees of the University of South Alabama have named three finalists for president. The three announced Friday are: Sheri Noren Everts, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Illinois State University; Jerome A. Gilbert, provost and executive vice president of Mississippi State University; and Dr. Arthur J. Ross III, dean of the School of Medicine ...

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School superintendent violates ethics law, fined

TUPELO — Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks will repay the district more than $33,000 and pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics law. Weeks was cited by the Mississippi Ethics Commission for a cleaning and janitorial company he owned performing work for the school district. He offered to pay a $10,000 fine in addition to repaying the $33,426 ...

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LaForge to get back in office after vacation accident

CLEVELAND — Delta State University president Bill LaForge says his doctors have given him a clean bill of health, and he will be back at work next week. DSU spokeswoman Michelle Roberts said Friday that LaForge will attend a Delta State alumni meeting next Thursday in Jackson, then will return to campus in Cleveland. During the July 4 weekend, LaForge ...

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Judge dismisses former superintendent's lawsuit

COLUMBUS — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Columbus Municipal School District by former superintendent Martha Liddell. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled to dismiss the case Friday after a telephone conference with lawyers for both parties. Documents filed with the curt say Burns moved to dismiss the lawsuit, in part, because the ...

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Metcalfe mayor pleads not guilty in teacher test-cheating scheme

METCALFE — A Mississippi mayor has pleaded not guilty to charges for his alleged role in a scheme run by a Memphis educator who helped teachers cheat on certification exams over a 15-year period. Metcalfe Mayor Corey Holmes appeared yesterday in federal court in Memphis, Tenn. He remains free on his own recognizance. No trial date has been set. Holmes’ ...

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Ex-school superintendent suing; alleges illegal meeting

COLUMBUS — Former school superintendent Martha Liddell has sued to get her job back. The Commercial Dispatch reports the lawsuit was filed Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. The lawsuit names the school district as the defendant. Liddell was fired June 17 on a 3-2 vote by the school board. The board has declined to give an official reason for ...

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Report: State's teacher education programs 'mediocre at best'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A group pushing for changes in how the nation trains teachers says Mississippi’s teacher training programs are mediocre at best. The report is from the National Council on Teacher Quality, and is backed by Mississippi groups pushing for educational improvements. However, leaders of some colleges of education say the council’s report either misconstrues information or is based ...

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School superintendent terminated after party funds, travel questions

COLUMBUS — City schools superintendent Martha Liddell has been fired. The action came in a 3-2 vote of the Columbus school board. No interim superintendent was named. Controversy has surrounded Liddell after questions were raised about her use of district funds and personnel for a private party and excessive travel. Liddell had said she reimbursed the school district and had ...

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Ex-MSU president to steer hiring for Yokohama Tire plant

WEST POINT — Former University of Alabama chancellor and Mississippi State University president Malcolm Portera begins work this month to ensure that locals get jobs at a tire plant being built in West Point. The Commercial Dispatch says Portera’s new role will be to make sure that jobs at the Yokohama Tire Corporation are filled predominantly by people living in ...

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