$4.3M donation to expand teacher program in the Delta


Arkansas’ Walton family is giving $4.3 million to sustain and expand Teach for America operations in Mississippi and Arkansas. The program recruits aspiring teachers, mainly recent college graduates, to work for two years as teachers in underserved schools. The Waltons, heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, have been giving money to Teach for America since 1993, … Continue reading $4.3M donation to expand teacher program in the Delta

Governor and Lt. Governor to join in breaking ground for Grammy Museum.


The Grammy Museum Mississippi will showcase the state's role in developing blues, country and genres that shaped American music. Officials are breaking ground Tuesday for the museum. It will be at the south end of the Delta State University golf course, off of Mississippi Highway 8 in Cleveland. The museum is scheduled to open in … Continue reading Governor and Lt. Governor to join in breaking ground for Grammy Museum.

Democrat Hearing: Schools underfunded $962 million since 2009.


Mississippi Democrats are renewing their calls for more education funding in the state budget. Rep. Rufus Straughter, a Democrat from Belzoni, chaired a Monday hearing held by Democrats. Straughter says Mississippi has consistently underfunded public schools over the past few years. Rep. John Hines, a Democrat from Greenville, presented data from the Mississippi Department of … Continue reading Democrat Hearing: Schools underfunded $962 million since 2009.

Sen. Angela Hill: Charters will help minority and poor students achieve.


State Sen. Angela Burks Hill (R-Picayune), fresh off a Mississippi state legislative tour of a successful charter school system in Arkansas, says the Arkansas experiment is “proving that students from impoverished areas can perform as well as anyone else if placed in the proper learning environment.” Students from the Kipp Delta Charter Schools in West … Continue reading Sen. Angela Hill: Charters will help minority and poor students achieve.

New ad from Bill Marcy Campaign confronts Congressman Thompson with poverty in Mississippi Delta


From the Press Release: Marcy says he will immediately get to work to bring back pride in District 2, and correct the damage done by Bennie Thompson. Bennie Thompson has spent 20 years as a United States Congressman. During that time the Mississippi Delta in particular, and District 2 as a whole, has suffered from … Continue reading New ad from Bill Marcy Campaign confronts Congressman Thompson with poverty in Mississippi Delta

Cleveland School desegregation plan pending for 47 years, rejected by DOJ


According to the documents obtained by The Bolivar Commercial on Thursday, the United State's objection is related to student assignment at East Side and D.M. Smith. "This desegregation case has now been pending for more that 47 years, during which time the district has failed to achieve the court's directive to integrate its schools as … Continue reading Cleveland School desegregation plan pending for 47 years, rejected by DOJ