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More school districts join MAEP lawsuit brought by Musgrove

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding. With the additions announced yesterday, there are now 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove spokesman George Shelton said the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, Leland, North Bolivar and West ...

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Charter school board votes to hire Louisiana woman as executive director

JACKSON — An official with Louisiana’s Recovery School District is likely to be the first executive director of Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board. The board voted 5-0 yesterday to hire Marian Schutte, pending approval by the state Personnel Board. If that board approves, Schutte could start work by early November, in time to help the board reach decisions over the ...

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More than a dozen school districts sue state over funding

JACKSON — Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state yesterday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by $1.5 billion since 2009. The ...

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Voters in Okolona approve school bond issue

OKOLONA — Voters in Okolona have approved a $2 million school bond issue. The announcement of Tuesday’s election results were held up while local officials counted 465 absentee ballots yesterday. Complete but unofficial returns show 62 percent of those voting approved the bond issue. A 60 percent margin was required for passage. The bulk of the money will be spent ...

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Voters in Lowndes County reject bond issue for school projects

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County voters have failed to pass a $47 million bond issue. Complete but unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show more than 51 percent of those voting supported the bond issue. However, the bond needed 60 percent of votes cast to pass. The district planned to build a new $20 million New Hope High School, major athletic and ...

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Fitch wants new financial literacy program for students

TUPELO — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch says she wants to help Mississippi young people become more comfortable with handling their finances. Fitch is pushing a computerized financial literacy program in schools across Mississippi called Treasurer’s Education About Money. “We’re doing this to get them a critical life skill they so need. It’s important that they understand money,” Fitch said during ...

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Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of Memphis are four of 40 ...

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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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