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School district desperate for money; facing extensive cuts

NATCHEZ — By this time next year, the Natchez-Adams County School District could be in desperate need of money and have nowhere easy from which to obtain it. As a result, school officials said the district must begin looking at extensive cuts to personnel and a better budgeting plan. The Natchez Democrat reports the board met for a special budget ...

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Lawmakers cramming on education before next session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are doing homework before the 2013 session. The House and Senate education committees met together yesterday at the Capitol to discuss elementary-school reading skills, teacher evaluations and charter schools. House Education Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, said no bills have been filed, but the meeting provided a glimpse of what lawmakers might discuss once the three-month session ...

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Six educators indicted for cheating; two still active in classroom

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Six Mississippi teachers have been indicted for participating in a scheme in which teacher candidates would hire others to take certification tests. Teachers in Tennessee and Arkansas have also been implicated. The case stem from a 45-count indictment returned by a grand jury in July that charged Clarence Mumford Sr. of Memphis with fraud and identity theft. ...

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Hostess' shutdown leaves schools looking for bread

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Dozens of Mississippi school districts are looking for a new supplier for bread and rolls as the shutdown of Hostess impacts lunchrooms. The Mississippi Department of Education tells The Clarion-Ledger six out of seven regions of the state are affected by the shutting down of Hostess Brands foods. Department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says school districts are working ...

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Authorities: Teacher test-cheating scandal 'brazen'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the ...

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Board asked to hire more architects for school projects

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school board members will be asked to hire architects for expansion projects at two more schools as the state’s largest system continues to grapple with growth. The Commercial Appeal reports Hernando Hills and Southaven elementary schools would be targeted if board members approve the hirings. Last month, the board unanimously approved hiring Hernando-based AERC architects to ...

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Charter school opponent moved off Education Committee

JACKSON — The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House has shuffled committee assignments in a way that makes it easier to pass charter school legislation he supports. Speaker Philip Gunn recently moved Democrat Linda Whittington of Schlater off the Education Committee and made her vice chairwoman of the Tourism Committee. He gave Whittington’s seat on the Education Committee to Republican ...

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Ex-MSU basketball coach leases 16th Section land

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — Former Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury and a business partner will lease about 312 acres of 16th Section school land in Oktibbeha County for $31,290 annually. The county school board had rejected an earlier proposal involving 400 acres from Stansbury and partner John Barnett because the rental fee was too low. The Commercial Dispatch reports Stansbury ...

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New program aimed at helping the poor plan for college

JACKSON — A new effort wants people nationwide to help poor children in Mississippi and San Francisco save for college. The 1:1 Fund is being launched by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. In Mississippi, the marketing effort expands on the Mississippi College Savings Account Program. And it has helped more than 500 children in Jackson, Leland and Greenville open college ...

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Governor, lawmakers promise fight for charter school law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and fellow Republicans who lead the Mississippi House and Senate say they have big plans to overhaul public education during the 2013 session. However, their inability to enact a new charter schools law in 2012 shows it’s easy to talk about ambitious plans and difficult to round up enough votes to challenge the status quo. ...

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