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AP analysis shows schools' reserves, impact of proposed cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant wants to cut funding to local public schools in grades kindergarten through 12 by 3.7 percent, an amount equal to almost $150 per student. He wants the districts to make up the reductions by tapping their reserve savings. The state’s 152 districts had more than $450 million in the bank on Dec. 31. But ...

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Analysis: School districts might not be able to cover budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least 18 of 152 Mississippi school districts might not have enough money to cover a cut in state funding, an Associated Press analysis finds. Those districts could be forced to borrow money, cut services or raise taxes to make up the difference. That includes districts considered poor, such as Shaw in Bolivar County, and affluent ones ...

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House committee narrowly approves charter school bill

JACKSON — In a close vote, the House Education Committee approved a plan yesterday to expand charter schools in Mississippi. Committee members voted 14-12 for the bill. A number of Republicans voted “no,” even though the measure is a top priority of their party’s leadership. That could signal trouble in a House where the GOP holds only a 64-58 majority. ...

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House subcommittee passes broader charter school bill

JACKSON — A charter school bill moving forward in the Mississippi House is more expansive than the one passed last week by the state Senate. The bill, passed yesterday by a House subcommittee, would not only create a new board to approve charter schools, but also would allow any of the state’s 152 local boards to approve charters in their ...

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Developer pays state $3.3M for former School for the Blind

JACKSON — A private developer is paying Mississippi $3.3 million to buy state land that used to be home to the School for the Blind. The 21-acre site faces an Interstate 55 frontage road in northeast Jackson, next to the current schools for the blind and deaf. Gov. Phil Bryant’s office says the land was purchased by District Land Development ...

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Pickering subpoenas owner of Georgia-based education company

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi auditor’s has served a subpoena on the owner of a Georgia company that provides training and supplies to schools for a reading program. Lisa Shoemaker, spokeswoman for Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering, said the subpoena seeks financial information and was served on Edna Goble, who owns Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga., The company does business ...

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School district denies request for information on administrators' salaries

GREENWOOD — The Leflore County School District has denied a public records request for information on the salaries of its administrators. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports it filed the request Feb. 15. The Commonwealth said it asked for a list of all administrative employees who have either left or been hired since superintendent Viola Williams won election in 2011. The request ...

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State Senate passes expanded charter school bill

JACKSON — Senators voted 34-17 yesterday for a relatively broad plan to expand charter schools in Mississippi. During a five-hour debate, the Republican majority turned back a series of amendments, some of which would have narrowed the expansion. As passed, the bill would allow students from anywhere in the state to attend a charter school. School boards in 32 highly ...

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Senate committee amends charter school bill

JACKSON — Online charter schools would not be allowed under a bill that Mississippi senators are pushing forward. A committee agreed today to an amendment banning such virtual schools, which have been a subject of intense argument among education advocates. The bill would also let charter schools sponsor prekindergarten programs, although no state money is provided for students four years ...

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MEDC honors communities for economic, community development

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Five Mississippi communities were honored at the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) Winter Conference for their efforts to advance their economic viability through economic and community development programs during the past year. They competed with others in their population categories. The winners are: • Category I – population less than 5,000: City of Ellisville for The Landing ...

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