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Education leaders applying for $15M in grants for pre-kindergarten program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education plans to seek grants from the federal government worth up to $15 million a year for four years to expand an existing pre-kindergarten program. That money could boost Mississippi’s fledgling effort to provide state-paid preschool for 4-year-olds. Supporters had hoped lawmakers would expand the amount of money they were putting into the program, ...

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State-backed preschool program bill headed to governor

JACKSON — Mississippi government would directly fund a limited preschool program for the first time under a bill on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The House and Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 2395, which would send money to regional groups of preschool providers. The House favored the measure 97-17, while the Senate voted for it 37-11. The state ...

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Early childhood education backers rally at Capitol

JACKSON — A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate four-year-olds. Members of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association said at a rally yesterday at the state Capitol that they support House and Senate proposals to use state money to pay for such classes. “The time is now to invest in Mississippi’s economic future,” ...

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Preschool bills clear committees in both state houses

JACKSON — Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures to set up classes for four-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate. Both House Bill 781 and Senate Bill 2395 call for local groups to set up consortiums between public schools, Head Start ...

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Private early-education group lobbies lawmakers for funds

JACKSON — A private group is asking the state for $5 million to continue efforts to improve childcare and education for preschool children. Mississippi Building Blocks works to make preschoolers ready for kindergarten by training preschool teachers and helping child care operators. The group has used $7 million in private money to run its program for four years, but says ...

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Report gives state's schools 'F' in achievement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance. Though it gets good marks for high standards, Education Week’s Quality Counts report gives the state’s school system a “C-” overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. Mississippi ranked 45th among the ...

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State hoping for grant to build preschool system

JACKSON — Parents would receive matching funds to send their children to better preschools. Preschool teachers would receive financial incentives to enhance their education. Those are just two elements of a proposal to improve early child education in the state if Mississippi is awarded up to $50 million in the federal Race to the Top early learning challenge. “One of ...

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