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Bryant's criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core is a federal takeover of ...

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Department of Education gives schools waiver for Common Core transition

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has approved a one-year waiver from school letter grades for the 2013-14 school year as Mississippi transitions to college- and career-ready standards and aligned assessments. The ED notified the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) of its approval of MDE’s request for a one-year transitional timeline, which will apply to accountability letter grades ...

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Board to retool school rating system again after superintendents balk?

JACKSON — After resistance from district superintendents, the Mississippi Board of Education is likely to again rework its rating system for high schools and districts. Just last month, at the demand of federal officials, the board gave heavier weight to high school graduation rates, making it count for 20 percent of high school and district ratings. State officials said more ...

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Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill yesterday that he says he hopes will aid performance. “What we are trying to do with this bill today is get the best and the brightest in the classroom,” ...

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House, Senate agree to teacher pay-raise plan

JACKSON — A teacher pay-raise plan calls for Mississippi public school teachers to get two across-the-board pay raises worth $2,500 and then be eligible for merit payments in 2016-2017. House and Senate negotiators agreed to the plan yesterday. The full House and Senate must still both pass House Bill 504 and send it to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant before it ...

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Wright confirmed as state superintendent of education

JACKSON — Four months after she started work, Carey Wright’s position as Mississippi’s state superintendent of education is official. State senators voted 46-6 to confirm Wright yesterday after a brief debate that focused on whether her values are right for Mississippi and whether senators should support her advocacy of Common Core state standards and publicly funded prekindergarten. “I do not ...

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Officials expected to okay Common Core standards

JACKSON — Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization. Following discussions held yesterday, the state Board of Education was likely today to approve new high school course descriptions, and a transition plan for standardized tests and new textbook ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Top school embraces Common Core

Let’s get this straight. Politician Michael Watson, a state senator from Pascagoula, thinks Common Core educational standards are bad. Educator John Buchanan, superintendent of the Petal School District – the third highest ranking school district in the state — thinks Common Core educational standards are good. “For whatever reason, it appears as though it has become a political issue,” Buchanan ...

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