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Math and science school looking for private donors

COLUMBUS — As Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th year, it’s also facing a common problem among schools — escalating costs, a decrease in state appropriations and an ever-increasing need for public support. In recent years, they’ve come to rely more heavily upon the financial backing of the MSMS Foundation and private donors, but this year, they’re ...

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Gap between school funding formula, appropriation widening

JACKSON — The gap between the state’s school funding formula and money actually being appropriated could widen past $300 million next year, raising new questions about the formula’s future. Interim state Superintendent Lynn House told legislative budgeters the Mississippi Adequate Education Program will need $300.6 million more in the 2014 budget year than it received this year to reach full ...

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Schools get first report card under new rating system

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More school districts achieved higher grades in the first year of Mississippi’s new school rating system, thanks to increased test scores and the suspension of graduation rate requirements for higher-scoring districts. Districts and schools got letter grades for the first time today. Under a new law, the old seven-step system, running from a high of star to ...

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DOE reports graduation rate up, dropouts down

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state is seeing an increase in its graduation rate and a slight decrease in its dropout rate, according to new figures released today by the state Department of Education. The figures also show small improvements in student performance on state standardized tests. The state’s graduation rate rose to 73.7 percent from last year’s rate of 71.4 ...

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Public schools to ask for $320M increase to 2014 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s public school system will seek an additional $320 million for the 2014 budget year, according to figures released yesterday. Each year, the state Board of Education must compute the amount called for under the state’s kindergarten through grade 12 funding formula, called the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Under the 1997 law that created MAEP, that’s the amount ...

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Supreme Court refuses to reconsider Chevron/school tax case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday declined to reconsider a ruling that a 2007 state law was unconstitutional in requiring the Pascagoula schools to share some tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other districts. The April ruling overturned a decision by a Jackson County judge who upheld the law. The law required property taxes generated from expansions at ...

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Schools to dip into reserves; won't request tax increase

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County School District will not request a millage increase for 2012-13, but will instead use money from its reserve fund to pay for extra expenses in its budget. The Hattiesburg American reports the school district’s budget for the upcoming school year is $24.9 million, up from last year’s budget of $23.9 million. The district has 2,300 ...

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Justice asks for time to review schools' desegregation request

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a judge for more time to respond to the Cleveland School District’s plan to desegregate two local schools. The school district is not opposing the request. The school district filed a proposal in May with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith Middle School. The ...

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Officials lobbying School Board for tax increase to meet budget

PURVIS — The Lamar County School District is asking for a millage increase to balance its budget for the 2012-13 school year. The Hattiesburg American reports Superintendent Ben Burnett and district CFO Jennifer Hession presented the proposed budget to the Lamar County School Board yesterday. The school district’s proposed budget is $77.8 million, up from last year’s budget of $73 ...

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School district business manager accused of stealing retires

TUPELO — The Lee County School District business manager alleged to have embezzled from the school district has retired. Randy Thweatt was placed on paid administrative leave April 17 after he was arrested by officials from the State Auditor’s Office. The school board changed that to unpaid leave on April 24 after he was indicted on two counts of embezzlement. ...

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