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School district still challenged by tornado damage

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Public School District officials still are finding damage from the Feb.10 tornado that struck Forrest and Lamar counties. The Hattiesburg American reports an assessment of the destruction at the transportation center has revealed 90 percent of the district’s vehicles were damaged. Superintendent James Bacchus said it is estimated there was about $80,000 in damage to the vehicles. The ...

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Auditor says he can't approve education program

JACKSON — Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is calling on lawmakers to write new, stricter rules on computing how much state money goes to local schools. The Republican told the House Appropriations Committee he can’t approve the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, as required by law, because his office has found unreliable numbers on attendance, students receiving free lunch and other ...

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Judge rejects Delta school district's desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has rejected a desegregation plan submitted by the Cleveland School District that relied on creation of magnet programs to attract whites to schools that are predominately black. The Bolivar Commercial reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson’s ruling came this past week. In Cleveland, two middle schools and two high schools have co-existed for decades. ...

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Board approves sweeping revamp of city's schools

GREENVILLE — Plans to consolidate two schools in Greenville and convert a middle school into a magnet school have been approved by the Greenville School Board. The Delta Democrat Times reports the board this week approved combining T.L. Weston Ninth-Grade Academy with Greenville-Weston High School. The new Greenville High School will have grades 9-12. The Weston campus will become a ...

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Federal judge to weigh Delta schools' desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge will hear arguments Dec. 11 in Oxford on proposals to desegregate two schools in the Cleveland School District. In May, the school district filed a proposal with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith Middle School. The school system wanted to introduce magnet programs at both schools to help ...

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Dozens of public schools eligible to convert to charter

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Maybe you saw it on the big screen in “Won’t Back Down.” Parent takeovers of failing public schools could be coming to Mississippi. According to the Mississippi Department of Education, 35 schools are eligible for the first time to be converted to charter schools. A majority of parents must sign a petition seeking conversion. Charter advocates say ...

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Education officials want emergency declaration in Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — The Mississippi Board of Education (MBE) determined that an extreme emergency situation exists in the Oktibbeha County School District. Acting on a recommendation from the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation, the MBE voted unanimously to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for the school district. The Oktibbeha County School District faces many issues ...

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Gap between school funding formula, appropriation widening

JACKSON — The gap between the state’s school funding formula and money actually being appropriated could widen past $300 million next year, raising new questions about the formula’s future. Interim state Superintendent Lynn House told legislative budgeters the Mississippi Adequate Education Program will need $300.6 million more in the 2014 budget year than it received this year to reach full ...

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DOE reports graduation rate up, dropouts down

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state is seeing an increase in its graduation rate and a slight decrease in its dropout rate, according to new figures released today by the state Department of Education. The figures also show small improvements in student performance on state standardized tests. The state’s graduation rate rose to 73.7 percent from last year’s rate of 71.4 ...

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Officials want changes to new school-rating system

JACKSON — Even before school and district report cards graded “A” to “F” are rolled out for the first time, it’s clear that lawmakers and education officials have a strong appetite for further changes to how schools are graded. In a hearing yesterday, Mississippi Department of Education officials told lawmakers they expect to examine new ways of grading how much ...

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