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Mississippi high school merger hung up by lawsuit

Students and teachers in one Mississippi Delta school district will wait until July to find out if the district will have one high school next fall. The North Bolivar district seeks to merge Shelby’s Broad Street High School and Mound Bayou’s John F. Kennedy High School. Students would attend North Side High School in the building of the current Shelby ...

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MCEE adds to its Board of Directors

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE), which provides professional development for K-12 teachers and programming for K-12 students in economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship, has added to its 45-seat board of directors. Beginning three-year terms are: John Boydston, VP Commerical Banking, Regions Bank; Brad Davis, Special Counsel, Jones Walker; Rachel De Vaughan, Director of Special Programs, MS Community College ...

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Alcorn ranked No. 7 on College Consensus’ list for 2018

The College Consensus has ranked Alcorn State University No. 7 on its 2018 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities list. Alcorn is the list’s top public HBCU in the nation, top-ranked Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) school, and top-ranked Mississippi HBCU. The College Consensus ranking of the Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a tool for students looking for a ...

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GRANT CALLEN — School choice is not a new entitlement.  But Pre-K is.

Earlier this week, columnist Bill Crawford penned a piece arguing that school choice proposals authored in recent legislative sessions are not conservative because they represent a “new entitlement.” Instead, Crawford favors publicly funded Pre-K as the best fix for Mississippi’s education woes. Here’s why he’s wrong. To be a new entitlement the Legislature would have to appropriate more money for ...

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Delta State seeks to lease defunct golf course to developers

A Mississippi university is asking developers for ideas about what to do with the school’s defunct golf course. The Bolivar Commercial reports that Delta State University has issued a request for proposals, aiming to pick a developer sometime this summer. The university closed the Derrall Foreman Golf Course in 2017, saying the course cost too much to operate in the face ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Wrong school fixes will keep our children shamefully behind

Emerging initiative “Empower Mississippi” is right that many children do not “flourish” in Mississippi public schools. But the fix it wants is wrong. Just as the fix proposed by the “Better Schools, Better Jobs” initiative was wrong.    Neither creating a new entitlement program in the guise of school choice nor making Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) funding mandatory will ...

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Delta State instructor honored with by national accounting group

Dr. Gwen Meador, an instructor of accountancy at Delta State University, is a recipient of the 2018 KPMG Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Gender Issues and Worklife Balance (GIWB) Section of the American Accounting Association. KPMG is an international company providing audit, tax and advisory services. Meador’s dissertation, “Ethical Decision-Making Accounting Competencies: Practitioners’ Perspectives,” examines ethical competencies necessary for a ...

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Mississippi State University to start accepting Common App

Mississippi State University has announced it will start accepting applications from a platform that over 1 million college applicants use each year to apply to more than 800 universities worldwide. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports MSU announced Monday that it will begin accepting the Common Application from prospective undergraduate students Sept. 1. MSU Assistant Vice President for Enrollment John Dickerson says ...

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Mississippi College picks state native as new president

A Mississippi university is naming a native of the state as its 20th president. Mississippi College trustees on Monday said they had chosen Blake Thompson to lead the 5,000-student Baptist-affiliated institution. Thompson is currently vice president of government affairs at Ohio State University and secretary of the university’s board of trustees. The 43-year-old Thompson is a native of Rienzi. He ...

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Hinds Diesel Tech program achieves accreditation

The Hinds Community College Diesel Equipment Technology program has been accredited by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation. In 2017, the state modified requirements for graduating career-tech students by adopting the use of a nationally recognized credential. In 2016, the program expanded the second half of its degree plan to a facility on Old Highway 49 in Richland. Pictured, from left, ...

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