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

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

Rankin Superintendent accused of retaliatory job threat.


Rankin County schools Superintendent Lynn Weathersby allegedly tried to tie up the renewal of an assistant principal’s contract in retaliation for his son-in-law being passed over for a promotion. The contract has since been renewed, ending a related investigation, but complaints about those allegations have gone to the county district attorney and to the school … Continue reading Rankin Superintendent accused of retaliatory job threat.

School Consolidation bill on Governor’s desk, but DOJ must still approve.


The attorney for the Starkville School Board says U.S. Department of Justice approval is needed for future consolidation with the Oktibbeha County schools even though legislators approved the merger this year. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Dolton McAlpin told board members that Justice Department approval will be needed as long as both districts are still … Continue reading School Consolidation bill on Governor’s desk, but DOJ must still approve.

Senate Ed Committee: Bomgar gets the boot.


The Senate Education Committee blocked Joel Bomgar's nomination to join the state Board of Education Thursday on an 8-7 vote. Bomgar, the 33-year-old founder of Bomgar Corp. of Ridgeland, saw his nomination set aside after opponents sharply questioned his board membership on the conservative-leaning Mississippi Center for Public Policy, his choice to home-school his children … Continue reading Senate Ed Committee: Bomgar gets the boot.

Plunkett: Dems, civil rights groups continue pushing “angry teacher” narrative in fight against student protection.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Democrats in concert with left-leaning groups continue to promote the idea that if the legislature allowed local school boards to decide on armed protection of students a teacher might mentally snap and injure or kill a child. The position indicates a severe lack of trust of teachers and their dedication … Continue reading Plunkett: Dems, civil rights groups continue pushing “angry teacher” narrative in fight against student protection.

Senate Committee adds school takeover language to HB 890.


Mississippi lawmakers are considering a sweeping plan that could remove more than 100 low-performing schools from local school board control for unknown periods of time. The Senate Education Committee added the proposal to House Bill 890 Tuesday. It says the state Department of Education must take over any F-rated school that doesn’t reach a C … Continue reading Senate Committee adds school takeover language to HB 890.

New school and district letter grade accountability system numbers released by Dept. of Education


The following was released by the Mississippi Department of Education ahead of a vote by the State Board expected to approve the rankings this morning: The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) today officially released letter grades for schools and districts for the first time, reflecting double-digit improvement among schools in the “A” and “B” classifications … Continue reading New school and district letter grade accountability system numbers released by Dept. of Education

Kim Benton named interim deputy superintendent at MDE


The Mississippi Board of Education (MDE) has announced the appointment of Kim Benton, Ed.D as the interim deputy state superintendent of instructional enhancement and internal operations. She will replace Dr. Lynn House, who is now the interim state superintendent. Benton most recently worked as a bureau manager in the office of school recovery overseeing Mississippi’s … Continue reading Kim Benton named interim deputy superintendent at MDE

Reeves to Neshoba fairgoers: MDE screwed up.


Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the Mississippi Board of Education made a mistake when it decided to omit high school graduation rates from school ratings this year. Reeves, speaking Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair, also said he is determined to push a broader charter school law through the Legislature in 2013. The Republican lieutenant … Continue reading Reeves to Neshoba fairgoers: MDE screwed up.