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Bill passes to consolidate Delta county's school districts

BOLIVAR COUNTY — Five Bolivar County school districts would be merged into two in 2014, under a bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk. Senate Bill 2760 passed the House 66-53 and the Senate 31-19. It would require that the Benoit, West Bolivar and Shaw districts merge into a new West Bolivar district based in Rosedale. Mound Bayou and North ...

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Board rejects all bids for construction of new school

OXFORD — The Oxford School Board has rejected all bids for the construction of the new high school. The high school’s construction is the centerpiece of the district’s building program. Schools Superintendent Brian Harvey tells the Oxford Eagle the board has no authority to negotiate with any contractor and can only accept the project as bid. “This left us outside ...

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Court rules schools do not have to share Chevron tax payments

PASCAGOULA — A 2007 state law is unconstitutional in requiring the Pascagoula School District to share some tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other districts, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The ruling overturned a decision by a Jackson County judge who upheld the law. The Supreme Court had heard the Pascagoula School District’s appeal last June. The law ...

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Legislators approve bill moving start of school year

JACKSON — Mississippi public schools would be required to start on the third Monday or later under a measure moving through the Legislature. The state Senate voted 29-21 for House Bill 707 yesterday. Under the bill, the earliest possible school day would be anywhere from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21. The House had mandated a start date of the fourth ...

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Emotions flare after House committee rejects charter school bill

JACKSON — Emotions flared yesterday as a House committee rejected efforts to widen Mississippi’s provisions for charter schools, but the issue was far from dead. Gov. Phil Bryant immediately threatened a special session, and senators tried to figure out if they could tack most or all of the charter language onto another bill. House Education Committee members voted 16-15 yesterday ...

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Lawmakers mulling moving back start of school year

JACKSON — There would be no more early-August starts for Mississippi public schools under a bill lawmakers are considering. House Bill 707, as amended today by the Senate Education Committee, would require that schools start no earlier than the third Monday in August, which would be anywhere from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21. Advocates say that pushing back the beginning ...

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Committee again delays vote on charter school legislation

JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee has again delayed a vote on a charter school bill. It’s unclear whether Senate Bill 2401 can pass the House Education Committee, though it has been narrowed by amendments. Some Republicans and conservative Democrats on the 31-member panel continue to voice opposition. For example, Rep. Steve Massengill, a Hickory Flat Republican, says he remains ...

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Key vote on charter school legislation expected today

JACKSON — A Mississippi House Education Committee vote on a charter schools bill will wait until today. Yesterday’s committee meeting ended abruptly without a vote, with Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, promising to meet again today. Some Democrats said the Republican majority lacked votes to pass the bill. “It was going to be close right now,” Moore said afterward. The panel ...

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House unanimously passes public school construction bill

JACKSON — Legislative action could set off a small building boom for Mississippi’s public schools. A measure passed by the House on a unanimous vote last week — and now awaiting action in the Senate — would renew schools’ power to borrow against state aid checks. After the 1997 passage of the state funding formula, known as the Mississippi Adequate ...

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Senate passes bill allowing for appointed school superintendents

JACKSON — Mississippi’s local school superintendents would have to be appointed by 2016, unless voters opt to keep electing their local chief, under a bill the Senate passed yesterday. Another bill would require the state Department of Education to rate schools and school districts on an “A” to “F” scale, instead of the current seven-step range from “star” to “failing.” ...

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