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Officials expected to okay Common Core standards

JACKSON — Despite ongoing opposition, state education officials are expected to approve new Common Core standards that they say will prompt students to think more analytically and learn less by memorization. Following discussions held yesterday, the state Board of Education was likely today to approve new high school course descriptions, and a transition plan for standardized tests and new textbook ...

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Educators feeling pinched from lack of funding

JACKSON — School superintendents say that because Mississippi isn’t fully funding its education formula, their districts have fewer classroom aides, larger class sizes, outdated computers and aging buses. The Center for Education Innovation released a report yesterday calling attention to what districts say are real-world consequences of not enough money. The report collected examples of pinched budgets from five school ...

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Report ranks state schools' performance 51st in the nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Despite strong state standards, Mississippi students are not catching up to the rest of the nation, ranking last in a school performance evaluation released today. Education Week’s Quality Counts report puts Mississippi 51st among the states and Washington, D.C., in K-12 student achievement. That is actually down a notch from last year. Only Mississippi and D.C. were ...

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MEC launches 'tech master' program to honor students

JACKSON — Mississippi business leaders will start honoring graduating high school students choosing technical careers. The Mississippi Economic Council announced it would sponsor a new “tech master” program that would recognize graduating high school seniors who meet certain standards in a technical curriculum. The program will run in parallel with the existing Mississippi Scholars program, in which MEC recognizes high ...

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Ex-school superintendent serving time for bribery

GREENVILLE — Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin has reported to prison to begin serving more than six years in a federal bribery case related to a $1.4 million reading program for children. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says the 57-year-old Franklin arrived Monday at a minimum security prison in Montgomery, Ala. Franklin pleaded guilty in ...

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School officials believe they can avoid state takeover

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi Department of Education official told Natchez-Adams School District board members there is no doubt the district can pull itself out of the “F” rating category to avoid a state takeover in September. The Natchez Democrat reports that Morgantown Middle School and Natchez High School have received an “F” rating from the state for two consecutive years. ...

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Conservator: Schools had too many employees

GREENWOOD — The conservator of the Leflore County School District had almost twice as many employees as it should have. Robert Strebeck, sent by the state to bring the failing district back into shape, told a civic club in Greenwood this week that overstaffing is just one of many problems he has discovered since arriving in the district in late ...

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Officials ask parents to find alternative transportation as bus driver strike continues

JACKSON — Jackson Public School officials were asking parents and students to find alternate transportation today as a school bus driver walkout entered a second day. The drivers staged a walkout yesterday demanding more money, The school district issued a statement yesterday that it was working to remedy the situation. In the meantime, the school district says students will be ...

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