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House rejects bill aimed at appointing school superintendents

JACKSON — House members want Mississippians to keep their elected school superintendents. And they don’t think would-be teachers should need to score 21 on the ACT. Senate Bill 2199, which was supposed to lead to more appointed superintendents around the state, lost on a 65-52 vote. Members then voted 60-59 to amend Senate Bill 2658 to cut a requirement that ...

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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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Education officials want emergency declaration in Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — The Mississippi Board of Education (MBE) determined that an extreme emergency situation exists in the Oktibbeha County School District. Acting on a recommendation from the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation, the MBE voted unanimously to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for the school district. The Oktibbeha County School District faces many issues ...

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Board to name House interim state superintendent of education

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Education plans to name Lynn House as interim state superintendent today. The board chose House, now deputy superintendent for instructional enhancement and internal operations, following a closed meeting yesterday. It will formally ratify the choice today. House, 60, will replace Tom Burnham, who announced earlier this month that he would retire July 1. Charles ...

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School superintendent's resignation accepted during emergency board meeting

GREENVILLE — Harvey Franklin Sr., superintendent of the Greenville Public School District, has resigned. The Delta Democrat Times reports the school board accepted the resignation during an emergency meeting today. Franklin’s resignation is effective immediately Deputy superintendent Leeson Taylor II has been named “acting interim superintendent” until June 30, the end of the district’s fiscal year. Franklin’s annual salary was ...

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Superintendent Burnham to retire after 43-year career

JACKSON — Mississippi Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham is retiring. Burnham will complete his second stretch as leader of the state’s 152 school districts on June 30, timing his departure to the end of the budget year. “I have served passionately for 43 years as an educator striving to make positive changes and to provide better opportunities for children,” Burnham ...

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Swinford named school superintendent

The new Vicksburg-Warren School District superintendent has signed a two-year agreement. School Board president Zelmarine Murphy tells the Vicksburg Post Elizabeth Duran Swinford will be paid $125,000 a year. Swinford is currently assistant superintendent for human resources at the East Baton Rouge Parish school district in Louisiana. Swinford is the first woman to lead the district since it was founded ...

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