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$1M grant to help Meridian recruit teachers

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Public School District has received a grant of more than $1 million. The grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation, awarded during the past week, will be used in a program designed to recruit and retain effective teachers. The grant will be distributed over five years — $253,000 for year one, which includes the establishment of the ...

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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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State's high school drop-out rate on the rise

JACKSON — State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham announced that Mississippi’s dropout rate for the class of 2010 is 17 percent. The previous year’s dropout rate was 16.8 percent. The graduation rate changed slightly with the current rate at 71.4 percent, compared to last year’s graduation rate of 71.6 percent. The completion rate for the class of 2010 is ...

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Vinson selected as district's conservator

OKOLONA — The state Board of Education was expected to name former Tupelo school superintendent Mike Vinson today as the conservator of the struggling Okolona School District. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports state superintendent Tom Burnham recommended Vinson for the job. Under the state law, the governor has to declare a state of emergency before a district can be ...

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Board eyeing troubled school district

JACKSON — The state Board of Education meets Thursday to decide whether to ask the governor for a state of emergency so it can take over the Okolona School District. The district has two schools with 657 students. Officials say the problems in Okolona include everything from buildings to classroom instruction, federal programs and special education. Department of Education officials ...

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Barksdale offers to pay for principals

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Four Mississippi school districts have accepted an offer from the Barksdale Reading Institute to search the nation for “top-notch” elementary school principals and pay their salaries. Claiborne Barksdale is director of the institute that was created with a $100-million donation by former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale in 2000. He says hiring principals is the organization’s latest initiative. ...

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