$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

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Charter school advocates form association, law takes effect Monday.


Groups that pushed for the passage of Mississippi's new charter school law have formed an association to promote the schools. The Mississippi Charter School Association's creation was announced Tuesday at a meeting to encourage people who might be interested in creating such schools to start organizing. It's being founded by supporters of the law including … Continue reading Charter school advocates form association, law takes effect Monday.

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.

DOJ: 48 teachers involved in test-taking scam.


In addition to the two new Mid-South teachers indicted in a test-taking scam led by Clarence Mumford, Federal prosecutors have entered 16 other teachers into diversion agreements. The Department of Justice's announcement Friday brings the total number of individuals sentenced, indicted, or charged to 48. According to a information released by the DOJ Friday, a … Continue reading DOJ: 48 teachers involved in test-taking scam.

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

Caledonia High teacher arrested on charges of sexual assault of student.


A Caledonia High School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting one of his students. The Commercial Dispatch reports that 30-year-old Marco Sebastian Suarez, of Columbus, was arrested Thursday after the student told investigators that Suarez sent her sexually suggestive Facebook messages on May 23 before assaulting her at his home. Suarez, who … Continue reading Caledonia High teacher arrested on charges of sexual assault of student.

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.