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Bill proposes $1,000 increase in Mississippi teacher pay

Mississippi legislators are making their opening bids on an increase in teacher pay, although there may be sweeter offers to come. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1349 , which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years, for a total of $1,000. That would boost the starting pay for a teacher ...

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School safety bill advances in Mississippi House

A bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings and other threats is advancing. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1283 , sending it to the full House for more consideration. The plan would require safety inspections and twice-yearly active shooter drills at public schools. It would also create a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored ...

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Coast Episcopal School announces addition of middle school to Long Beach campus

By LISA MONTI mbj@msbusiness.com After five years of fact-finding and research, Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach announced the addition of a middle school that will extend the student body from toddlers through seventh and eighth graders. The two new grades will be housed in an existing building on the school’s 24-acre campus. CES officials used the occasion to announce ...

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Belhaven appoints new director of alumni relations

Belhaven University has selected Frank Laws ’91 to lead alumni relations. After a 16-year career of raising capital for leading real estate investment companies, he will join the Belhaven University Advancement team. As Belhaven’s Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, Laws will continue to develop and maintain communication with Belhaven graduates and expand the University’s network of friends and supporters. ...

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Baldwin named MVSU’s 2018 Humanities Teacher of the Year

Professor Dr. Jo A. Baldwin has been selected by Mississippi Valley State University’s Office of Academic Affairs as the 2018 Humanities Teacher of the Year. Each year, the Mississippi Humanities Council recognizes October’s designation of Arts and Humanities Month by bestowing Humanities Teacher Awards to outstanding faculty in traditional humanities fields at colleges and universities across the state. Affectionately known ...

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Retired physician gives Delta State $4M for financial aid

A Mississippi university says a $4 million donation is the largest it has ever received. Delta State University says it will use the money from Dr. Fred Pittman to pay for financial aid for students who can’t afford college. The university says Pittman and his wife have given Delta State a total of $4.7 million. The Cleveland native attended a ...

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CRAWFORD: Moving to market based testing in high schools makes sense

Rep. Tom Miles of Forest is on to something. With regard to tests required for high school graduation, he wants to move from an education bureaucracy based approach to a market based approach. A little background. The federal No Child Left Behind Act was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Both have required public schools to implement intensive ...

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Developers propose upscale lodge, conference center for Franklin County

A public-private consortium on Friday announced a proposal for a 200-room lodge, 1,000-person conference center and related amenities on 150 acres in the Homochitto National Forest near Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The land purchase was authorized following Congress’ passage of the farm bill last month and gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five ...

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USM recognized as leading research university

The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the pre-eminent classification of top doctoral research universities. USM’s inclusion in the “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” category places it in the company of institutions like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and ...

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Mississippi graduation rate hits new record of 84 percent

Mississippi is graduating a greater share of its students in four years than ever before, with 84 percent of public high school seniors earning their diplomas on time last year, the Mississippi Department of Education said Thursday . The department said the mark for the 2017-2018 is the highest on record in Mississippi, up from 83 percent in 2016-2017 and ...

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