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Former Gov. Musgrove pushing lawsuit to school districts

JACKSON — A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for a lawsuit against the state seeking repayment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K-12 school formula in recent years. Backers of a separate effort to write a full-funding requirement into the state Constitution ...

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Schools to ask lawmakers for a $370M budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said yesterday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the budget that began July 1. ...

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Delta school gets more time to reply to accreditation audit

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood school district will get six more days to respond to a report by the Mississippi Department of Education that claims widespread violations of state standards occurred in the district. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday to give Greenwood until Monday to reply to a 46-page state accreditation audit. The commission is to meet again July ...

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Madison County voters could be asked to approve yet more bonds

CANTON — Madison County Superintendent Ronnie McGehee says the school system will likely ask voters to approve another bond issue within the next three years. McGehee tells the Madison County Journal by 2016, the need for another middle school, a separate 9th-grade building at Germantown High School or both will justify the cost. Germantown High School, which opened in 2010, ...

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Dismissed Delta school principal wants reinstatement

GREENWOOD — Former Greenwood High School principal Percy Powell is going to court to try to get his job back. Powell’s attorney, Preston “Bo” Rideout, has filed a notice of appeal in Leflore County Chancery Court, The Greenwood Commonwealth reported. Powell will ask the court to put him back on the job he has held since 2006, which would require ...

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Nurse and daughter of schools' attorney issued demand for non-work

BRANDON — The Mississippi auditor is demanding that a Rankin County School District nurse repay more than $16,000 for taking days off that were not reported in school leave records. Auditor Stacey Pickering said in a news release that his office issued a civil demand for $16,108 from Melanie Harrell Garner. Pickering says an investigation shows Garner never treated any ...

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Georgia woman gets jail time for bribing ex-Delta school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble to 30 months in prison for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children. Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to pay bribes in connection with federal program funds. Authorities say ...

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Brown: People 'sick of hearing' about inadequate education funding

BILOXI — State education leaders said at a Mississippi Municipal League school funding forum that when the state doesn’t fully fund schools, the bill winds up being the problem of local governments. State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said people are “sick of hearing we don’t have the money to fully fund education,” adding that next year schools will be shorted ...

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Bryant's criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core is a federal takeover of ...

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