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$67 million MSU housing plan could become model for state

The idea for Mississippi State University’s upcoming $67 million apartment-style student housing began on the golf course. “I was playing golf with the president of University of Kentucky, Eli Capilouto, and they were having issues not unlike what we were having in Mississippi with concerns about needing to upgrade their facilities – particularly their housing facilities,” said Mark Keenum, president ...

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Former Tupelo Public School District Superintendent Mike Vinson dies

  BRANDON – A former Tupelo Public School District administrator and leader in the Tupelo community died Saturday. Dr. Michael Vinson worked for TPSD from 1994 until his retirement in 2002 as deputy superintendent and later leader of the district when named superintendent in 1995. During his 35-year career in public education, he served as a coach, teacher and principal ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Legislators had options to fully fund MAEP, chose not to

Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, maintains that the new school funding formula being advocated by him and other members of the legislative leadership preserves the core tenets of the Mississippi Adequate Education program. Even Rebecca Sibilia, the chief executive officer of New Jersey-based EdBuild, who was paid $125,000 by the legislative leadership to develop a new funding formula, acknowledged ...

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Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

The next version of a bill to change Mississippi’s $2 billion-plus education funding formula won’t immediately increase proposed funding levels for schools, but might adjust funding upward sooner than the eight years the House proposes. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison discussed possible Senate changes to House Bill 957 Wednesday, after his committee discussed the House-passed bill. Tollison, an Oxford Republican, said ...

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Senate to begin considering school funding formula rewrite

Mississippi state senators are scheduled to begin discussing on Wednesday a plan to rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula. Officials made the announcement Tuesday as senators met with a consultant who helped develop ideas that were incorporated into House Bill 957 , which representatives passed last month. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says his committee will discuss the bill ...

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Construction camp offers students a hands-on view

The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi, invites eighth through 10th-graders to learn and explore the design and construction industry during the USM Building Futures Summer Camp. Scheduled for June 17-21 (beginners) and July 8-12 (advanced) on the USM campus in Hattiesburg, the sessions provide students with hands-on building activities taught by certified professionals. ...

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REAL JOBS, VIRTUALLY — Academy introduces students to possibilities in fast-growing industry

By BECKY GILLETTE There are industry forecasts that the Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) industry will grow from what was a $16 billion industry in 2016 to a $100-plus billion industry by 2021. The VR Academy based in Clarksdale has been created to provide young people in Mississippi both access and opportunity to the growing industry of VR ...

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FOCUS ON EDUCATION — Today’s lesson: 1st impressions

Deborah Bynum believes in the power of first impressions. That’s why the wife of Jackson State University President William Bynum is a strong supporter of the JSU Tiger Career Closet, an initiative intended to help currently enrolled JSU students in need of professional attire. She plans for the career closet to help Jackson State students positively represent themselves and their ...

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