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Board approves emergency contract for Common Core tests

JACKSON — The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract yesterday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards. The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson, PLC in a closed session. The one-year stopgap comes after the state Personal Service ...

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Rachel Canter on doing the right thing

Rachel Canter is executive director of Mississippi First. A Starkville native, she has a B.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Q —How did Mississippi First get its start? A —In 2002, Sanford Johnson, my co-founder, and I each had summer internships in Jackson. We would meet for lunch and discuss ...

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Advocates want more flexible charter school bill

Charter school advocates believe this is the year for Mississippi to make progress in school choice through more flexible charter school legislation. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bryant said now is the time for Mississippi to pass a “workable” charter school law. A 2010 law passed by the state Legislature allows public schools that have ...

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Teen pregnancies cost Mississippi $154M a year

Mississippi’s teen pregnancies cost taxpayers more than $154 million annually, a new study says, the greatest losses occurring due to lost tax revenues, incarceration and foster care. The state has the highest rate of teen pregnancies nationwide, and reducing that percentage is now the top priority of the Women’s Fund of Mississippi, the group that released the study conducted by ...

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