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Senate passes teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has unanimously passed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015. The plan also raises beginning teacher salaries to keep Mississippi’s brightest teachers in the state. “This plan establishes the first true ...

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Reeves, Tollison introduce teacher salary legislation

JACKSON — Current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay over the next 16 months while starting salaries would rise under a plan presented yesterday by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison. The proposal also includes a stipend to reward teachers for academic improvement at schools. “The Senate’s plan for teachers makes Mississippi ...

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Bryant clears way for conservator of county schools

SCOTT COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation authorizing the Mississippi Board of Education to appoint a conservator for the Scott County School District. The Scott County School District is rated “B” by the Mississippi Department of Education. Last week, the Mississippi Board of Education amended Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard 2.3, allowing the board to appoint a ...

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Board approves temporary rule change regarding loss of school accreditation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Education has approved a temporary rule that will allow the Commission on School Accreditation and the Board greater flexibility regarding the withdrawal of accreditation in a district that is placed under conservatorship. The rule amends an accreditation policy and that states “any school district placed in conservatorship may have its accreditation withdrawn.” The original ...

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USM report links school board behavior to student performance

HATTIESBURG — Research by Dr. David Lee, associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi, and his research team has linked the behavior of school boards with student achievement in their districts. This study suggests that school board behavior does matter, and if gains are to be made in low-performing districts, behaviors must change at the board ...

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Pickering unable to certify education program calculation

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says is unable to certify the accuracy of the FY 2015 final estimate calculation of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Members of the Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) were notified. “I am unable to certify the MAEP calculation again this year because the data used by the Department of Education ...

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Legislation passes that would merge school districts

JACKSON — Three pairs of school districts would be merged under bills passed today by the Senate Education Committee. Separate measures would combine school districts in Greenwood and Leflore County, Winona and Montgomery County and Claiborne and Jefferson counties. Leflore and Claiborne have been in the spotlight after they were taken over by the state for poor academic performance and ...

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Lawmakers pushing for staggered pay raise for teachers

JACKSON — House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers in 2015 and 2016, and a projected raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenue continues to grow at a healthy rate. The House Education Committee approved the plan yesterday, with House Republicans joining Gunn shortly ...

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School board members could face elections in 2016

JACKSON — Mississippi House members are trying again to pass legislation that would require school board members to be elected. But they’re willing to let voters decide on electing or appointing local school superintendents. The House Education Committee voted yesterday to require school board members to be elected starting in 2016. The panel also voted to require the roughly 60 ...

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Senate committee approves Wright as state superintendent

JACKSON — State Superintendent Carey Wright is one step closer to being confirmed to her post. The Senate Education Committee voted 14-1 today in favor of Wright, who was hired by the state Board of Education to lead Mississippi’s public schools. The measure goes next to the full Senate for consideration. Wright, who previously worked in the District of Columbia ...

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