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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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Officials say they will rebuild tornado-damaged school

Officials in a Mississippi city say they will seek to rebuild a tornado-damaged school campus that housed an alternative school. Columbus Superintendent Cherie Labat tells local media the district will rebuild the former Hunt High School, which housed the district’s alternative school. The campus lost its roof and upstairs classrooms in Saturday’s storm. The Columbus Success Academy, as the alternative ...

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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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Tupelo schools near completion of $44 million in upgrades

Officials with Mississippi’s Tupelo school district say $44 million in upgrades to schools are mostly complete. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports renovations have been completed at two elementary schools. Work remains to be done on a tornado shelter and athletic center at Tupelo High School. In 2015, district voters agreed to borrow $44 million to upgrade security, make classroom ...

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Library provides free classes to help people with technology skills

By BECKY GILLETTE There are few jobs today that don’t require some type of computer and cell phone skills. “We’re living in a time where if you don’t have access to technology, you are left behind,” said Laura Jane Glascoff, technology education officer, Jackson-Hinds Library System. “Computers, cell phones and tablets are part of everyday life. But those don’t come ...

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Bill proposes $1,000 increase in Mississippi teacher pay

Mississippi legislators are making their opening bids on an increase in teacher pay, although there may be sweeter offers to come. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1349 , which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years, for a total of $1,000. That would boost the starting pay for a teacher ...

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School safety bill advances in Mississippi House

A bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings and other threats is advancing. The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1283 , sending it to the full House for more consideration. The plan would require safety inspections and twice-yearly active shooter drills at public schools. It would also create a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored ...

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Retired physician gives Delta State $4M for financial aid

A Mississippi university says a $4 million donation is the largest it has ever received. Delta State University says it will use the money from Dr. Fred Pittman to pay for financial aid for students who can’t afford college. The university says Pittman and his wife have given Delta State a total of $4.7 million. The Cleveland native attended a ...

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CRAWFORD: Moving to market based testing in high schools makes sense

Rep. Tom Miles of Forest is on to something. With regard to tests required for high school graduation, he wants to move from an education bureaucracy based approach to a market based approach. A little background. The federal No Child Left Behind Act was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Both have required public schools to implement intensive ...

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Developers propose upscale lodge, conference center for Franklin County

A public-private consortium on Friday announced a proposal for a 200-room lodge, 1,000-person conference center and related amenities on 150 acres in the Homochitto National Forest near Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The land purchase was authorized following Congress’ passage of the farm bill last month and gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five ...

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