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Mississippi school system spends $13M in savings in 4 years

A northeast Mississippi school district is looking at spending cuts after burning through $13 million in savings in the last four years. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Lowndes County school district has been overspending revenue since at least 2014, with most of the money going to capital projects that Superintendent Lynn Wright says weren’t budgeted. The 5,500-student district expects a ...

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Webb selected as Orrin H. Swayze Scholar

Jimmie Bouchillon Webb (center), a senior at Mississippi State University, has been selected as the 2019 Orrin H. Swayze Scholar by the Mississippi Bankers Association Education Foundation and the Mississippi Young Bankers section of the MBA. Webb was chosen from applicants across Mississippi to receive the $5,000 scholarship, which is given annually to Mississippi’s most outstanding banking and finance student. ...

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Northern Mississippi school district trying to cut expenses

A school district in northern Mississippi is trying to save money by reducing the number of teaching jobs it will fill for the coming year. Lowndes County School District Superintendent Lynn Wright tells the Commercial Dispatch that the district expects to have a net loss of 60 teaching positions. Wright says the district needs to reduce expenses by about $4.5 ...

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Morgigno elected to National Education Governance Board

Dr. Raymond C Morgigno, superintendent of the Pearl Public School District was elected to a three-year term on the executive committee of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Founded in 1865 and headquartered in Alexandria, VA, AASA operates as the premier organization for our nation’s school superintendents, serving thousands of education leaders throughout the United States. The 21 member committee, elected ...

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5 Mississippi Universities make list of Best Online MBA programs

A study by the U.S. News and World Report lists five Mississippi Universities among the top 301 online MBA programs in the U.S. The University of Mississippi was ranked No. 134, Mississippi College was ranked No. 137, Mississippi State University was ranked No. 147, University of Southern Mississippi was ranked No. 173, and Jackson State University was ranked No. 183. ...

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Foundation gives Jackson $1.2M to aid prekindergarten

A foundation is giving the city of Jackson $1.2 million to study and improve prekindergarten programs. The Clarion Ledger reports Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Monday announced the grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Lumumba wants to eventually offer prekindergarten to all Jackson children. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine says the grant is meant as a step toward that goal, ...

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Jackson Prep makes history and other subjects come alive with virtual reality programs

By BECKY GILLETTE The Jackson Preparatory School is doing some unique things with its virtual reality (VR) laboratory. The school is using VR programs to enhance teaching while also training students in the rapidly-growing industry that is expected to have an economic impact of $100 billion by 2021. Adam Mangana, director of the Extended Reality Lab at Jackson Preparatory School, ...

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Ole Miss student government groups: Move Confederate statue

University of Mississippi student government groups are calling for a Confederate soldier monument to be moved from a prominent spot on campus to a Confederate cemetery. The Daily Mississippian reports that graduate and undergraduate student senates adopted resolutions this week asking administrators to move the statue, which has stood since 1906. The groups say the statue undermines the university’s mission ...

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Forbes to speak at Delta State on Monday

Delta State’s Spring 2019 Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series will feature Steve Forbes, the publishing magnate and two-time candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. president. His talk, “In Money We Trust? The American Dollar and Your Everyday Life,” takes place on Monday, March 4, at 6 PM in the Jobe Hall auditorium on the Delta State campus. The event ...

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Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers reject college aid changes

There could have been a shift in how Mississippi helps students pay for college after findings showed one program benefiting many affluent families doesn’t appear effective, while less affluent families remained underserved. Legislators, though, appear to have decided to do little for now. That’s because subsidies to relatively affluent students have powerful protectors, including Republican lawmakers, the University of Mississippi ...

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