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Vitter stepping down as University of Mississippi chancellor

Jeffrey Vitter will step down after serving three years as chancellor of the University of Mississippi. The state College Board announced Friday that Vitter plans to resign from the university’s top administrative job Jan. 3. He will remain at Ole Miss as a tenured “distinguished professor” in the School of Engineering. No reason was given for his decision to leave ...

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School district says state will intervene in finances

The superintendent of a Mississippi Delta school district says the state Department of Education will take oversight of finances because the district can’t produce audited financial statements. The Bolivar Commercial reports North Bolivar school district Superintendent Maurice Smith told the school board Monday that the district had produced an audited financial report for the 2015 budget year. However, he says ...

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School district to apply for district of innovation status

Officials say a northeast Mississippi school district will seek to become the state’s seventh district of innovation. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Tupelo school district plans to apply for the status in 2019, seeking a waiver from certain state rules beginning in fall 2020. The district last week began surveying people on strengths and needs. If Tupelo is ...

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Emmett Till cousin: ‘Hate is a luxury I can’t afford’

Emmett Till’s cousin says people should learn about the black teenager’s brutal death that energized the civil rights movement. But the Rev. Wheeler Parker also says: “Hate is a luxury I can’t afford.” Parker appeared Tuesday at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, speaking to 400 students, professors and community members, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. In the summer ...

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Sullivan hits 45-year mark as Hinds CC trustee

Hinds Community College Board of Trustees vice president Dale Sullivan was recognized as the longest serving member of the board with 45 years of continuous service. But that’s not the only distinction he has had over his long career in education. In 1973, at the age of 27, Sullivan became the youngest-ever trustee when he was elected Copiah County schools ...

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Analysis: First achievement for special district? Get going

Mississippi was supposed to have a special district for troubled schools operating by now. But when, or if, the achievement school district will actually start is anyone’s guess. A year after a search for a superintendent stalled out, the Mississippi Department of Education has yet to start looking again. The achievement school district law, which is another in a series ...

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Emmett Till cousin to speak at Delta State

A cousin of Emmett Till is returning to Mississippi to speak about the 1955 abduction and killing of the black teenager, which helped galvanize the civil rights movement.The Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. is speaking at 7 p.m. today at Delta State University. Parker and Till traveled together from Chicago to Mississippi. Parker says he heard Till whistle at a white ...

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Ole Miss donor’s name being removed after racist comment

A donor’s name is being removed from the University of Mississippi journalism school nearly a month after his Facebook post drew backlash for being racist. Trustees of the state College Board voted unanimously Thursday to strip Ed Meek’s name from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The academic unit is now known just as the School of Journalism ...

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Mississippi governor condemns professor’s political tweet

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is condemning a professor’s Twitter post that encouraged people to disrupt senators’ meals the day Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. University of Mississippi sociology professor James Thomas tweeted Oct. 6 that people should put their fingers in senators’ salads and, “They don’t deserve your civility.” Bryant, a Republican, tweeted in response Thursday: “This ...

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Grant library notching a place for itself on Civil War trail

By JACK WEATHERLY The irony of a library dedicated to U.S. Grant in Mississippi did not pass unnoticed. John Marszalek A space of 21,000 square feet was created at Mississippi State University at a taxpayer cost of $10 million to tell the story of the Union general who captured Vicksburg, a turning point in the Civil War, and won the ...

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