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State's students score higher on ACT, but still below U.S. average

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — ACT scores in Mississippi rose slightly again last year, although only about one in eight Magnolia State students are ready for college by the standards of the test. Mississippi’s 2014 high school graduates made an average composite score of 19 on the test, ticking up from 18.9 last year. That’s still well below the national average, which ...

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Tupelo schools adopt budget calling for raises without tax increase

TUPELO — The Tupelo School Board has adopted a budget that includes a 2 percent cost-of-living pay raise for all non-teaching staff, including principals, assistant principals, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and maintenance workers. Teachers are already scheduled to get a raise approved by state legislators, and the school board previously approved one for assistant teachers. The district’s average teacher salary ...

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State gets federal funding for test costs of low-income students

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes. The money comes at a time when the number of Mississippi students taking advanced placement tests has fallen for two ...

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Secretary of State assisting in investigation of school A/C thefts, vandalism

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has issued an alert on the statewide scrap metal registration system, LeadsOnline, regarding the recent theft and vandalism of more than 50 air conditioning units in Jackson area schools. “You cannot get much worse than stealing from schoolchildren at the start of the school year,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “Our agency ...

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Officials confirm test cheating in Clarksdale schools

CLARKSDALE — State education officials said today that Clarksdale school district employees engaged in cheating on student tests or at least knew about it. In a statement, the Mississippi Department of Education said it had determined that an investigation conducted by testing security firm Caveon determined that “reasonable cause” existed to believe that employees had broken security rules on state ...

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Commission recommends no state of emergency for Greenwood schools

GREENWOOD — The Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday against recommending that a state of emergency be declared in the Greenwood School District. The Commission decided to give the district until Oct. 15 to correct all of the deficiencies found in the Mississippi Department of Education’s audit report. The MDE and the Mississippi School Board Association will provide the district ...

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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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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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