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Supervisors to view scaled-down tennis facility project

OXFORD — A scaled-down version of an expansion of the John Leslie Tennis Facility in Oxford will be presented to Lafayette County supervisors. The Oxford Eagle reports last year county officials wouldn’t agree to a $3 million proposal to expand the facility from eight to 20 tennis courts. Mayor Pat Patterson says the city and University of Mississippi have each ...

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USM nursing school wants college status reinstated by Board

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has asked the state College Board for college status to be returned to the School of Nursing for the first time since 2003. USM President Martha Saunders tells the Hattiesburg American she hopes the College Board will vote on the request in April. The school announced last week that the Asbury Foundation has ...

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Foundation launches fundraiser for new nursing school

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has launched an $8-million fundraising campaign to help construct a new facility for the University’s School of Nursing. The School of Nursing Building Campaign has received a $4-million commitment from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg Inc., a gift that will name the proposed building Asbury Hall, pending College Board approval. The facility, ...

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MDE developing statewide teacher evaluation system

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education is developing a system for evaluating its educators that could be ready to be used during the 2014-15 school year. It would be used to help identify training needs of individual teachers, said Daphne Buckley, deputy state superintendent for quality professionals and special schools. Buckley tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal there is ...

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Report gives state's schools 'F' in achievement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s K-12 schools once again trail in an influential measure of school performance. Though it gets good marks for high standards, Education Week’s Quality Counts report gives the state’s school system a “C-” overall, saying the state is particularly lagging on test scores and the amount of money it spends on schools. Mississippi ranked 45th among the ...

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MSU gets major award to recruit, train teachers

STARKVILLE — A major U.S. Department of Education award to Mississippi State University’s College of Education will aid in recruiting and training new middle school teachers from some of the state’s poorest, most rural areas. The department’s recent five-year Transition to Teaching grant for the Teacher Education for Rural Middle Schools (TERMS) program is designed to provide an alternative route ...

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Workforce conference explores new ideas about education

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday he wants Mississippians to look at new approaches to improve education, including more opportunities for job training instead of bachelor’s degrees and the involvement of churches to help prevent struggling students from dropping out of high school. Other ideas include cutting tax funds to intercollegiate athletics, shortening paths to college degrees and pushing ...

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Burnham to propose new law for failing school districts

JACKSON — Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said yesterday he would propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts, because the current reform system does not work. “We will bring forward legislation this year to end conservatorship,” Burnham said at an orientation for newly elected state lawmakers. In conservatorship, ...

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Schools want gaming tax dollars from new casino

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams School District wants to jump on board with the city and county to receive gaming tax dollars from a proposed new casino. The Natchez Democrat reports interim superintendent Joyce Johnson asked the school board at yesterday’s meeting to allow the board attorney to discuss with the Natchez Board of Aldermen if the district could have a ...

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Local firm helps promote world-record chocolate bar

Since founding Broadcast Media Group Inc. in Starkville in 1996, Robbie Coblentz has worked numerous marketing/PR campaigns all over the state and nation. The production company has won numerous awards for its work, including an international Telly Award just this past summer. But he and his team recently completed work on the promotion of a new world record that might ...

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