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MC, Chinese university sign exchange agreement

CLINTON — Mississippi College and Hubei Polytechnic University in China have agreed to faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions. The agreement sets up a “2 plus 2 degree” program where a student would spend the first two years at HBPU and the last two years taking classes at MC. Others would involve Hubei junior faculty sponsored by the ...

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New education trend? District marketing schools

TUPELO — Noting the competition that exists when parents choose where to send their children to school, first-year Tupelo superintendent Gearl Loden has begun a campaign to aggressively market the school district. From billboards to newspaper advertisements to a student-produced program that airs on WTVA-TV in Tupelo, the district has actively tried to share its story. This comes after a ...

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School officials struggle with overcrowded classrooms

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school officials will not move students around the district this fall but will find some way to use existing buildings to deal with a growing enrollment. With more than 30,000 students in more than 40 schools across the county, DeSoto County Schools is Mississippi’s largest public district. Crowding has been a constant problem for the district ...

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City sees homebuilding permits soar; driven by student-geared housing

OXFORD — A new report shows the number of permits issued for single-family homes in Oxford more than tripled in 2012, jumping from 61 in 2011 to 224 in 2012. Chris Carter, building inspector for the city, tells the Oxford Eagle much of the increase was due to student-geared housing developments with cottages that are rented out per bedroom. Carter ...

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Board approves waiver of out-of-state tuition at Valley

JACKSON — Mississippi Valley State University has become the second public university to allow all out-of-state residents to pay the same tuition rates as students who live in Mississippi. A similar move was made earlier this year by Delta State University. Following College Board approval, the state’s six other public universities also plan to waive nonresident charges on a selective ...

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Lawmakers to introduce bill making kindergarten mandatory

JACKSON — Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill. The Education Commission of the States says Mississippi would become the 15th state to make kindergarten attendance mandatory. The state’s public schools have been ...

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Later school year start has many opponents, including educators

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When Gov. Phil Bryant signed a new law, requiring Mississippi public school districts to start the school year no earlier than the third Monday in August, many rejoiced. After all, the later start date would extend summer vacation, have a positive impact on tourism in the state and mean fewer days of scorching hot weather during the ...

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New Pell Grant rules hurting college enrollment

JACKSON — New regulations enacted by Congress in June have stripped Pell Grant eligibility from nearly 3,000 Mississippi students. According to a recently completed study of the impact of the new Pell Grant regulations on Mississippi two-year colleges, the changes led to lower enrollments for the fall 2012 semester at 14 of the state’s 15 community colleges. Without a strong ...

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City, county to operate career training center

OLIVE BRANCH — The DeSoto County school system’s new Career Technology Center in Olive Branch will be maintained with a big helping hand from the city of Olive Branch and DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports the board unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Olive Branch and the county to pay maintenance costs for the center. Under the agreement, each ...

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Hostess' shutdown leaves schools looking for bread

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Dozens of Mississippi school districts are looking for a new supplier for bread and rolls as the shutdown of Hostess impacts lunchrooms. The Mississippi Department of Education tells The Clarion-Ledger six out of seven regions of the state are affected by the shutting down of Hostess Brands foods. Department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says school districts are working ...

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