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Driver dies and 7 children are injured as school bus crashes

WALNUT — A school bus driver is dead and seven children are injured as a school bus rolled over in northern Mississippi. The Mississippi Highway Patrol tells local news outlets that the driver died in the Tuesday morning incident, with the bus ending on its side in a ditch. Benton County school Superintendent Steve Bostick tells WMC-TV he believes the ...

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Mississippi board OKs 1 new charter school to open in 2020

A state board in Mississippi has approved a new charter school to open next year in the Delta city of Greenwood. Leflore Legacy Academy is scheduled to open for the 2020-21 school year. For the first year, the school will only have sixth grade. Plans call for later expansion to grades six through eight. Charter schools receive tax money but ...

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Love for the underdog: Teacher makes room in life for others

By TESS VRBIN The Dispatch COLUMBUS — Slabs of wood meant for a wheelchair ramp leaned against the walls Monday (Sept. 2) just outside Karen Sisk’s house, where 22 people and four dogs just celebrated Labor Day weekend. Joshua, an 11-year-old boy she homeschools, had surgery on Aug. 23 and is temporarily in a wheelchair, she said. He was “probably ...

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Mississippi high court affirms charter schools’ funding

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the state’s method of using tax money to pay for charter schools, rejecting a challenge that sought to cut off local money to the schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state in 2016 on behalf of seven parents who send their children to Jackson schools. The suit argued that charter schools ...

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Ole Miss seeks review of plan to move Confederate monument

The University of Mississippi said Wednesday that it’s moving ahead with plans to transfer a Confederate soldier monument from its central location on campus to a spot near a secluded Confederate cemetery. In an email sent to students, faculty and staff, interim Chancellor Larry Sparks wrote that the university submitted plans Tuesday to take down, move and reassemble the monument. ...

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Melanie Livingston appointed to NAEYC Accreditation Council

Delta Health Alliance has announced that Melanie Livingston, Education/Quality/Training Manager, has been appointed to the Accreditation Council for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the national voice of the early childhood community. The organization works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, ...

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Chastain to design curriculum for Phi Theta Kappa

Ragan Brackin Chastain has joined Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) as a curriculum designer in the organization’s student engagement division. Chastain will design and develop interactive and engaging online learning environments that provide opportunities for leadership development, honors programming, and service learning among the Society’s members and chapter advisors. Prior to joining the Phi Theta Kappa staff, Chastain taught ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Taylor says skills training should begin in 8th grade

“The paradigm of get a job and we will train you is gone,” says Louisville’s Lex Taylor. He is talking to a large multi-county group of business, education, and government leaders at the The Dome, Louisville’s new community safe room. Understand that Taylor is no common businessman. He is the third-generation leader of one of Mississippi’s great rural industry successes. ...

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1 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near school in Mississippi

One person is dead and another hurt after a shooting near a Mississippi elementary school. WLIN-FM radio reports the shooting happened about 2 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Highway 43 North and 4th Avenue in Kosciusko. Officials say Kosciusko Upper Elementary was placed on lockdown shortly after the shooting. Chief of Police Herbert Drew has not yet released details ...

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Millsaps College partners with MSU on dual degree program

A new partnership between Millsaps College and the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University offers students the opportunity to earn degrees from both institutions in a range of academic disciplines. The partnership is outlined in a formal agreement recently signed by Dr. Robert Pearigen, president of Millsaps College, and Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University. As ...

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