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Scholarship honors young adult fiction author Angie Thomas

A university is creating scholarships to honor one of its graduates who is the author of bestselling young adult novels. The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program will be at Belhaven University, based in Jackson, Mississippi. Thomas wrote “The Hate U Give,” about an African American teenager who sees a police officer shoot and kill her best friend, and “On the ...

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Dr. Clyde Muse: Visionary educator and public servant

By ALAN TURNER I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Clyde Muse, President of Hinds Community College since 1978, which makes him the longest-serving community college President in Mississippi history. Dr. Muse announced his retirement in December, and when we talked, he reminisced about his long tenure in Mississippi education. Muse refers to himself as “a man with a ...

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Mississippi’s community colleges have multi-billion dollar impact on state economy, report shows

By BLAKE ALSUP / Daily Journal A report commissioned by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges was released on Tuesday, showing the multi-billion dollar economic impact the colleges have across the state. The presidents of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges commissioned the study to demonstrate how the community college system makes significant contributions to the state’s economy, supporting communities ...

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Biloxi hires new schools superintendent

A longtime school system educator has been named superintendent of Biloxi’s 6,300-student public school district. The district’s school board voted Thursday to hire Marcus Boudreaux, 42, at a salary of $140,000 a year, The Sun Herald reported. Boudreaux, the principal at Biloxi High School, replaces interim superintendent Larry Drawdy, who agreed to fill the post temporarily after the resignation last May ...

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Board delays vote on moving Confederate monument at Ole Miss

A Confederate monument will remain, for now, in a prominent spot on the University of Mississippi campus, nearly a year after student leaders requested that it be moved to a Civil War cemetery. The board that governs Mississippi’s eight public universities met Thursday and delayed a vote on a proposal to move the monument. Trustee Tom Duff said he wants ...

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Senate panel OKs last bit of teacher pay for current year

Mississippi legislators are pushing ahead with a plan to pay the full cost for this year’s teacher pay raise. The $1,500-per-person raise was approved during the 2019 session. But, officials later discovered a bureaucratic error that resulted in too few teachers being counted as the state budget was written. The error meant that too little money was initially set aside ...

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Mississippi working to cover full cost of teacher pay raise

Mississippi lawmakers are working on funding the final portion of a pay raise that teachers started receiving this school year. The $1,500 raise was approved during the 2019 legislative session, but officials later discovered a bureaucratic error. Because of the way some school districts keep records about certain categories of teachers, too few teachers were counted in the total cost ...

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District to close school, consolidate others to save money

Trustees over the second-largest school district in Mississippi have voted to close an elementary school and consolidate two middle schools. The Jackson Public Schools board of trustees approved the plan Tuesday night, news outlets reported. The change was needed to save money amid decreasing enrollment, a teacher shortage and a limited amount of funding to update old buildings, said Superintendent ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Can civic education save democracy from social media?

As two of the three branches of government become more and more politicized, the posture of the third will play a crucial role in how our federal government works. The two politicized branches, of course, are the executive and legislative. The third, and supposed to always rise above politics, is the judicial branch. Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice ...

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Vicksburg-Warren works to increase high school grad rate

A school district in western Mississippi has been working to boost its graduation rate by revising the focus of its high schools, paying attention to students who might drop out and engaging students in a leadership program. The graduation rate for the Vicksburg Warren School District has gone from 58.5% for the class of 2013 to more than 80% for ...

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