Posts Tagged ‘education’

BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s thin racial veneer

by Published: February 22,2015

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Racism

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life. There are the disparities revealed by objective facts:   Most Republicans are white. Most African-Americans are Democrats. All statewide elected officials are white. Most prison inmates are black. Most wealthy Mississippians, business owners, bank executives, physicians, and plant managers are white. Most poverty-level Mississippians and non-elderly […] [...]

State to study separate district for troubled schools

JACKSON — The State Board of Education is likely to study a new plan to create a separate statewide school district in Mississippi to take over troubled schools and school districts. The board discussed the study Thursday in a work session where frustration boiled over about the state’s inability to turn around schools and what […] [...]

Public schools will get another year of relief on grades

by Published: February 18,2015

Tags: Business, Common Core, education, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — State officials say Mississippi’s public schools will get another year where they get to keep high grades even though test scores indicate lower ratings. In a news release Wednesday, the state Department of Education said that federal guidelines include a “pause” in state grading systems for one year because of the switch to […] [...]

Belhaven looks forward to University Village opening

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Belhaven University, Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Construction of a $7 million residence hall that began in September at Belhaven University is nearing completion, and students are looking foward to its availability in August. The three-story, U-shaped building will house 132 students, both men and women, in apartment-style units. Each unit will include four bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen […] [...]

2 Miss. history museums close to private fundraising goal

JACKSON — A Madison law firm and a Jackson bank have donated $850,000 to two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have now raised more than $12 million. The goal is $16 million of private money to go with an estimated $87 […] [...]

A Q&A: Borsig says he never planned on leading university system

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Columbus, education, Jim Borsig, Mississippi, MUW, NEWS

JACKSON — Jim Borsig is the ultimate insider, having worked at three of Mississippi’s eight public universities. He also served as an associate commissioner on the College Board’s staff before becoming president of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus in 2012. The board on Thursday named Borsig as higher education commissioner for the state’s […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: License plates — the good, bad and ugly

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, education, license tag, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

License plates, or car tags as they are called in some states, are getting more attention. Some of the attention and related issues are good, some are bad and some are just plain ugly. First, the good. License plates allow for identification of vehicles. One can only imagine what it would be like if there […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER — James Wilcox is a rising star indeed

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, economy, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Selena Swartzfager

If you don’t know James Wilcox, you are missing out.  I have had the pleasure of working with him for the past four years as he is the director of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program offered by the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Economics and Entrepreneurship Education (check it out at www.thesep.org).  The teachers he […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Reinvigorate your space; reinvigorate your business

Shut your doors. Turn off income for more than a dozen days. Invest money with a return-on-investment that is incredibly difficult to track. In other words, take a true leap of faith to improve your business. The Eat With Us Group (Harveys, Sweet Peppers Deli and The Grill) took a risk closing their Harveys location […] [...]

House could reverse vote pausing third grade reading mandate

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers staged a brief revolt Tuesday against plans to fail thousands of poorly reading third graders this spring, but that movement is already melting away. A number of House Republicans joined all but one Democrat to amend House Bill 745 to wait another year before requiring school districts to hold back […] [...]

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