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Study set on how ending history test to change school grades

Mississippi’s Board of Education voted Thursday for more study on how scrapping a required U.S. history test would affect school ratings. The board directed an internal task force to study whether it’s possible to stop the test without changing scores used to assign A to F grades to schools and districts. Changing scores is unpopular because the board might assign ...

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Ole Miss MBA Program in Top 50

The University of Mississippi’s Master of Business Administration program has been named among the nation’s best by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The rankings, released Monday (Nov. 4), place Ole Miss at No. 34 among American public universities. For the 2019 edition, Bloomberg ranked MBA programs using four categories: Compensation, Learning, Networking and Entrepreneurship. The UM program came in at No. 7 in ...

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Mississippi school district falls victim to cyber attack

A Mississippi public school district says it has been the victim of a cyber attack. Lincoln County Schools superintendent Mickey Myers told The Daily Leader on Monday that district computers had been hacked with a ransomware virus. The newspaper reports that officials said the district was experiencing a network outage affecting phone systems and internet communication at its schools. Myers said “numerous ...

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Award-winning collaboration: ICC nationally recognized for manufacturing camp

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal For the past 11 years, Bryan Hawkins has opened the doors of his company to students and teachers so he can share his knowledge and passion for manufacturing. The effort has been highlighted by the Tek2Go Advanced Manufacturing Camps, spearheaded by Itawamba Community College, working together with the Community Development Foundation and Hawkins’ company, ...

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Barrett joins admission team at Millsaps College

Millsaps College has hired Susan Margaret Barrett of Jackson as Associate Director of Admission. Barrett earned her undergraduate degree from Sweet Briar College and her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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Mississippi fiscal officer to retire, join college as CFO

Mississippi’s top fiscal officer is stepping down to become the chief financial officer at a college. Laura Jackson has led the state’s Department of Finance and Administration since 2016. She announced Thursday that she will leave state government for Mississippi College in Clinton. Jackson will retire after more than 30 years as a state employee on Jan. 15. She was ...

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Mississippi State to launch first public university physician assistant program

By BECKY GILLETTE The first physician assistant training program at a public university in Mississippi is scheduled to begin no later than January 2021. “The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, housed on Mississippi State University’s Riley Campus in Meridian, will prepare clinical practitioners to meet critical needs in rural healthcare,” said Sid Salter, chief communications officer for MSU. “The ...

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Mississippi ranks number one for score gains on National Assessment of Educational Progress

By BLAKE ALSUP / Daily Journal Mississippi ranked number one in the nation for score gains in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, in 2019. Fourth grade students made the largest score gains from 2017 to 2019 in reading and mathematics while eighth grade students outpaced the nation ...

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Pamela Weaver receives the Better Life Award

When Pamela Weaver is in your corner, there’s no better advocate. She’ll root for you, pep you up and celebrate your wins with sincere excitement. One group that is the focus of Weaver’s enthusiasm: the students at Gladys Noel Bates Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi. For the past three years, Weaver, a Regions Bank branch manager in Jackson, has taught ...

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Ellen Foster receives National Geography Teaching award

Ellen J. Foster, associate professor of social studies education at the University of Mississippi, is the recipient of a 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award in Higher Education from the National Council of Geographic Education. NCGE is a nonprofit that enhances the quality of geography education from kindergarten through higher education. Each year, the Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes educators for excellence in ...

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