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Old Hattiesburg High School project still in limbo

HATTIESBURG — Since officials announced plans to restore the old Hattiesburg High School, the ambitious project has seemed to be cursed with setbacks — including an arson fire — that have prevented it from becoming the gem city leaders envisioned. And now the project is in a state of limbo again — due to a weak economy. But downtown officials ...

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Report gives state's schools 'F' in achievement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance. Though it gets good marks for high standards, Education Week’s Quality Counts report gives the state’s school system a “C-” overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. Mississippi ranked 45th among the ...

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USM College of Business keeps dual accreditation

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has maintained its status as a dually accredited business and accounting school as determined by the board of directors of AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. According to the university, Southern Miss is one of only 643 AACSB-accredited schools in the world and 475 in the ...

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MSU gets major award to recruit, train teachers

STARKVILLE — A major U.S. Department of Education award to Mississippi State University’s College of Education will aid in recruiting and training new middle school teachers from some of the state’s poorest, most rural areas. The department’s recent five-year Transition to Teaching grant for the Teacher Education for Rural Middle Schools (TERMS) program is designed to provide an alternative route ...

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Burnham to propose new law for failing school districts

JACKSON — Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said yesterday he would propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts, because the current reform system does not work. “We will bring forward legislation this year to end conservatorship,” Burnham said at an orientation for newly elected state lawmakers. In conservatorship, ...

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Officials working on new test for vocational students

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education has joined with the University of Kansas on a new test to determine if vocational students are ready for their chosen career. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Mississippi officials hope the Career Pathways Assessment System will be ready for use by 2014. Officials say the program will be a hybrid of a ...

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Public schools asking for 13 percent budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi education officials are seeking a 13 percent budget increase for elementary and secondary schools in the coming year. State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham presented the request today to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Burnham says he understands lawmakers face difficult decisions because money will be tight for the year that begins July 1. Among other things, ...

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More school districts labeled successful

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fewer Mississippi districts are labeled failing. More are labeled successful or better. That is a three-year trend, reflected in unofficial data released yesterday by the state Department of Education. The Clarion-Ledger reports the labels for all of the state’s schools and districts will become official Friday pending a vote by the state Board of Education. In 2009, ...

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Chaney looking into actions of benefit advisor

PASCAGOULA — Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said his office is looking into a complaint that a retiree benefit advisor in the Pascagoula school system steered retirees to private plan she was selling. Chaney told The Mississippi Press that the complaints allege Jackie Theisen, the Pascagoula district’s retiree benefit advisor, was soliciting district retirees to switch their state health benefits to ...

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More than 700 teaching positions slashed

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi schools cut 2 percent of the jobs for certified teachers this academic year because of tight budgets, state Department of Education officials told lawmakers yesterday. That’s a loss of about 705 jobs among the roughly 33,000 teaching positions. State Board of Education member Claude Hartley told the Joint Legislative Budget Committee that reducing the number of ...

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