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BOBBY HARRISON: 2015 Legislature could face a teacher pay controversy

JACKSON, Mississippi — The rapidly approaching 2014 legislative session – not 2015 – will be the time to take up any controversial proposals. The 2015 session will be in an election year. In election years, legislators and the governor only want to deal with feel-good issues – the type of proposals that guarantee votes. For instance, if state revenue collections continue ...

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USM business dean leaving for same post at Texas Tech

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi College of Business dean Lance Nail is leaving for Texas Tech University. Nail will take over as dean of the Texas university’s Rawls College of Business, which opened a new $70 million business building earlier this year. He begins work in Lubbock Aug. 15. Southern Miss Provost Denis Wiesenburg tells the Hattiesburg American Nail ...

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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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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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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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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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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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