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Ole Miss law school honored for diversity

By LYNN LOFTON With a total enrollment of 412 and one third of those students of color, the University of Mississippi School of Law is dedicated to becoming more diversified and is pleased with a recent honor confirming that policy. It has been named a Best Regional Law School for Black Students in the third edition of the Black Student’s ...

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Mississippi working to cover full cost of teacher pay raise

Mississippi lawmakers are working on funding the final portion of a pay raise that teachers started receiving this school year. The $1,500 raise was approved during the 2019 legislative session, but officials later discovered a bureaucratic error. Because of the way some school districts keep records about certain categories of teachers, too few teachers were counted in the total cost ...

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District to close school, consolidate others to save money

Trustees over the second-largest school district in Mississippi have voted to close an elementary school and consolidate two middle schools. The Jackson Public Schools board of trustees approved the plan Tuesday night, news outlets reported. The change was needed to save money amid decreasing enrollment, a teacher shortage and a limited amount of funding to update old buildings, said Superintendent ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Can civic education save democracy from social media?

As two of the three branches of government become more and more politicized, the posture of the third will play a crucial role in how our federal government works. The two politicized branches, of course, are the executive and legislative. The third, and supposed to always rise above politics, is the judicial branch. Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice ...

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Vicksburg-Warren works to increase high school grad rate

A school district in western Mississippi has been working to boost its graduation rate by revising the focus of its high schools, paying attention to students who might drop out and engaging students in a leadership program. The graduation rate for the Vicksburg Warren School District has gone from 58.5% for the class of 2013 to more than 80% for ...

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Pleasant joins Phi Theta Kappa as advancement services specialist

Harmonese Pleasant has joined Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) as an advancement services specialist in the Ph Theta Kappa Foundation. The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation secures the resources to support the values, vision, and priorities of Phi Theta Kappa. Pleasant will develop and maintain relationships with alumni, donors, and partners; process and acknowledge gifts and donations received by the ...

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Teachers, staff get bonuses as 2 Columbus schools improve

Teachers and staff at two northern Mississippi schools are receiving more than $370,000 in bonuses because their schools have improved under a state grading system. Columbus Municipal School District trustees voted in 2018 to adopt a Teacher Incentive Pay Plan to provide bonuses for faculty and staff members of improving and high-performing schools. The plan also includes bonus incentives for ...

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Mississippi city council confirms new school board member

A Mississippi city council confirmed a new school board member on Tuesday. The Meridian City Council voted 4-1 to appoint Ron Turner to the Meridian Public School District Board, news outlets reported. Turner currently serves as the executive director of the city’s housing authority. Ward 4 Councilwoman Kim Houston voted against the appointment. Houston said she knew Turner would do ...

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Graduates of USM’s Master’s in Economic Development in high demand

For the past 40 years, the University of Southern Mississippi has been offering a Master of Science in Economic Development (MSED) program aimed at honing the talents of people who work to help communities prosper and grow. Graduates are working at many of the most successful economic development organizations in Mississippi and other states. “The master’s program in economic development ...

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C Spire holds coding events for Mississippi students

More than 60 students from seven high schools across Mississippi recently led Hour of Codeevents at C Spire retail stores and the Brandon High School library as part of a comprehensive program to encourage young people to pursue academic and professional careers in the information technology and computer science fields.  The students are participating in C Spire’s new Software Development ...

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