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Bryant appoints Karen Elam

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Karen Elam, Ph.D., to the State Board of Education. Elam will fill the unexpired term of Danny Spreitler, who has resigned.  She also serves on the Charter School Authorizer Board. Elam, a resident of Oxford, holds a doctorate degree in consumer economics from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in food science from Michigan ...

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Whitehurst: Oysters, rivers and state government contradictions

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently announced the formation of the Governor’s Oyster Council to help the coast’s oyster industry restore a fishery that has been hurt and diminished over just a few years by hurricanes, the BP drilling disaster and its aftermath, and oyster reef mortality due to salinity changes. The fresh water from rivers feeding the bays and marshes on ...

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and to create a future generation ...

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Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and to create a future ...

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Miss. school rating at bottom, but preschools get good mark

JACKSON — Mississippi again ranks last in the nation in school performance according to an influential evaluation released Thursday, but the state ranks near the top in a new measure of how many students are participating in preschool programs. Education Week’s Quality Counts report gave Mississippi a “D” overall for school performance, 51st among the states and Washington D.C, well ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The good governor gambles on poverty

Mississippi continues to suffer a Catch-22 Poverty Problem. The state cannot combat poverty without sustainable jobs. Industries that could provide those jobs are choosing not to invest their money in Mississippi because we have a Poverty Problem along with the consequent poor schools and ill-prepared workers. According to recent data the problem is getting worse. A Wall Street Journal report has ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: MDOC controversy reveals contract procurement weaknesses

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) controversy has exposed weaknesses in the state’s contract procurement processes. With regard to MDOC, the legislature exempted many contracts from competitive procurement, cracking open the door for abuse.   Allegations have surfaced that even competitive bids can be manipulated. Vendors allege being directed to bid low to get contracts with promises they would be ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful

Could we be more Thankful? Thanksgiving is the greatest of American holidays. Its initial observance is older than the nation itself. The Pilgrims, of course, viewed it more as a time of prayer and reflection, than today’s feasting and football frenzy. But let’s just admit it, with the Egg Bowl approaching most of us are thankful for the NCAA Playoff ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant’s tax cut won’t stop spending growth

Did you catch the drift of the news stories about the extra money the Legislature expects to have for next year? Andrea Williams, WTOK-TV, “Next year Mississippi lawmakers will have more money to spend.” Bobby Harrison, the Daily Journal, “The Mississippi Legislature will have $170 million more to spend during the 2015 session.” Iris Barnes, SuperTalk NewsMS, “The Mississippi Legislature ...

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