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Mississippi education gains good news for students, parents and employers

By Becky Gillette Mississippi, which in the past has often been ranked near the bottom in public education, has been making some impressive gains. “The successes we’re seeing from student-driven policies, like the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, will positively change Mississippi for generations,” said Sen. Gray Tollison, chairman of the Mississippi Senate Education Committee. “More kids will walk across that stage ...

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School Superintendent Kuykendall to retire after 12 years

HERNANDO — Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools for the past 12 years, will retire when his term expires in December 2015. The superintendent in DeSoto County is an elected position. Kuykendall, 67, said in a statement yesterday he announced his retirement now to allow plenty of time for anyone wanting to run for the office. “As superintendent for ...

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Board approves plan to delay cuts in sports/activities at troubled schools

JACKSON — Cuts to sports and activities at schools districts that lose state accreditation would be delayed under a plan approved yesterday by the Mississippi Board of Education. The proposed change received no remarks during a public comment period. But board members Johnny Franklin of Bolton and Danny Spreitler of Amory voted against it. The final vote was 4-2. “I ...

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Ex-school superintendent wants restitution payment reviewed

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has been asked by a former Mississippi school superintendent to review a requirement that he make a $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin is serving a 76-month sentence for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use a reading program ...

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Board wants to roll back troubled schools' sports penalties

JACKSON — Mississippi’s state Board of Education is making another move toward rolling back penalties that strip troubled school districts of their ability to compete in high school sports and other activities. The board is seeking public comment on a proposal that would give a district that loses state accreditation a year to remedy problems before losing half its games ...

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Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made ...

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None of state's school districts get an 'F', but officials expect a fall

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many of Mississippi’s public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi’s A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. Under grades announced today by the Mississippi Department of Education, no district currently operating received an F. Fourteen with an F ...

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Most of state's kindergarten students have reading issues

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A first-ever look at whether Mississippi’s kindergarten students are ready to learn to read shows that two-thirds are not. Those results, released by the Mississippi Department of Education, will be used by proponents to call for more state spending on prekindergarten classes, and to tailor efforts to help students improve before third grade. By then, educators are ...

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