$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

New 26-state study shows improvements among poor and minority students in charter schools.


A new, independent national study finds improvement in the overall performance of charter schools, driven in part by the presence of more high-performing charters and closure of underperforming charter schools. The National Charter School Study 2013, released today by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, is an update and expansion … Continue reading New 26-state study shows improvements among poor and minority students in charter schools.

Liddell sues Columbus schools for reinstatement


Former Columbus schools superintendent Martha Liddell has sued to get her job back.The Commercial Dispatch reports that the lawsuit was filed Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. The lawsuit names the school district as the defendant.Liddell was fired June 17 on a 3-2 vote by the school board. The board has declined to give an … Continue reading Liddell sues Columbus schools for reinstatement

Hosemann says revenue generated from 16th Section land reaches record levels.


Revenue generated from 16th Section land across the State reached record levels in 2012 -- approximately $89,223,643 -- all of which goes directly to the education of our children. "This $89 million will help alleviate some of the financial headaches faced by our school districts today. In times of serious cutbacks and strict budgets, we … Continue reading Hosemann says revenue generated from 16th Section land reaches record levels.

Oktibbeha County School District to discuss consolidation


Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley will discuss school district consolidation at a regular monthly meeting at noon today in the district’s office, following two called meetings held May 14 and May 22 to deal with matters related to personnel and student transfers. Pulley is one of seven members of a commission that will … Continue reading Oktibbeha County School District to discuss consolidation

Board of Education’s top priority for next Superintendent: Be able to work with legislators.


A new Mississippi superintendent of education should be able to work with lawmakers, put students first in decisions and be able to navigate the state's diversity, say local superintendents and members of the state Board of Education. Those are among qualities state board members voted Friday to include on Mississippi's call for applications for a … Continue reading Board of Education’s top priority for next Superintendent: Be able to work with legislators.

Columbus School Superintendent caught using school resources for private party.


Columbus School Superintendent Martha Liddell used school resources — including funds and staff — for personal use in throwing a party during the Christmas holidays, according to a published report. The Commercial Dispatch reports that documents it obtained in a Freedom of Information request showed the school district was billed for $259 for food that … Continue reading Columbus School Superintendent caught using school resources for private party.

Gov. Bryant to Discuss Mississippi’s Education Reform Accomplishments in Washington, D.C.


Gov. Phil Bryant will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to participate in an education forum, where he will discuss his landmark education reform initiatives. The education forum, “Reading Milestones”, is hosted by the Washington Post and will focus on the importance of reading proficiently by the third grade. The forum will be webcast live … Continue reading Gov. Bryant to Discuss Mississippi’s Education Reform Accomplishments in Washington, D.C.

Dept. of Ed. plays more shenanigans with school rankings to implement Common Core.


The ranking Mississippi schools and districts receive this fall could stick for three years. That’s because the state is switching to new more in-depth objectives for its classrooms to greater emphasize critical-thinking skills. By freezing its school rankings, the Mississippi Department of Education hopes schools can better prepare for those Common Core State Standards. “We … Continue reading Dept. of Ed. plays more shenanigans with school rankings to implement Common Core.

Rep. Frierson: Medicaid expansion will reduce education funding.


Funding for education is falling short because Medicaid is devouring a larger share of state money than it did a few years ago, a top Mississippi budget writer says in a letter to teachers and school administrators. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, wrote that expanding Medicaid would create more uncertainty about funding for … Continue reading Rep. Frierson: Medicaid expansion will reduce education funding.