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Mississippi State Board of Education suspends key policies to manage impact of extended school closures

The Mississippi State Board of Education has suspended several statewide policies to manage the impact of extended school closures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis. The policy suspensions apply only to students and educator candidates in the 2019-20 school year and educator preparation program applicants through December 2021. Below is a summary of the key statewide policy suspensions ...

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Ole Miss’s MBA program ranks among top 50 in nation

The University of Mississippi‘s Master of Business Administration program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings, released March 17, place Ole Miss in a three-way tie for No. 31 among public universities and No. 92 overall. UM is tied with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech for the No. 31 ...

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TPSD awarded District Of Innovation Distinction

In the midst of unparalleled uncertainties regarding education due to COVID-19, the Tupelo Public School District received some highly-anticipated news Thursday morning when it was named a District of Innovation. The 18-month process, led by Innovative Program Facilitator Stewart McMillan, was officially finalized during the Mississippi Board of Education’s meeting in Jackson with a unanimous vote. This coveted distinction, which was also awarded to ...

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Jones College inspires three generations at Blackwell Timber Company

ELLISVILLE – The Ricky Blackwell family tree is full of foresters and Jones College graduates. In 1993, when Ricky Blackwell Jr. came to Jones to major in forestry, a family tradition began that now spans over three generations. Technically, his father, Ricky Blackwell Sr. planted the “forestry bug” in his son and grandsons while hauling pulpwood. He also had previous ...

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Mississippi schools closed until mid-April to slow virus

Mississippi public schools will be closed until at least April 17 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday. He said schools will continue to receive state money and teachers will continue to be paid. He said he wants students to continue learning. “This is not a time to take a vacation,” Reeves said in ...

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States suspending standardized tests as schools close

Closing schools to combat the spread of the coronavirus is having a sweeping impact on an annual rite of spring: the standardized tests that are dreaded by millions of students and teachers alike. Several states have canceled standardized testing for this academic year as they face school closures that could last weeks or months. The tests were scheduled to begin ...

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$122,000 approved for Tishomingo training center

The Tishomingo County School Board approved on Monday $122,000 as core funding for nearly $250,000 of improvements to the Tishomingo County Career and Technical Center. “The [center] is an excellent training program for young adults seeking promising and rewarding careers that don’t incur student debt,” said Eddie Boardwine chief operations officer for Mississippi Silicon LLC. Mississippi Silicon in conjunction with ...

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Mississippi employees off work to be paid amid pandemic

Teachers and employees of city and county governments in Mississippi would be paid even if workers are told to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic, under a bill the state Senate passed Wednesday. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who requested it. The measure would give city and county governments and school boards the power to ...

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PRCC Smith as chairman of Board of Trustees

Pearl River Community College has appointed a lifelong Wildcat as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tessa Rawls Smith. Twenty-eight years after first stepping on Pearl River’s Poplarville campus as a college freshman, Smith is taking on the role of Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Ms. Tess Smith is a trusted and well respected member of our Board of ...

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Belhaven’s business, education, and nursing programs awarded top honors

Colleges of Distinction recently recognized Belhaven University’s School of Nursing, School of Business, and School of Education for their quality and programming, and awarded them top honors. Colleges of Distinction evaluates schools based on their ability to provide a high-quality student experience, as well as a thorough liberal arts education. They granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, selecting ...

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