Mississippi Dropouts Are Driving Up Medicaid Costs by $52 million per year.


A new study adds further clout to the idea that dropouts are a national problem, not a personal one—because they cost the medical system money. Wealthy people are healthy people, more or less. They have the money to pay for health insurance, and get better medicine, and more frequent treatment. High school dropouts rarely achieve … Continue reading Mississippi Dropouts Are Driving Up Medicaid Costs by $52 million per year.

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

Treasurer Lynn Fitch Issues Statement on Financial Literacy bill dying in Senate Committees.


Treasurer Lynn Fitch released the following statement regarding the refusal of Senate Education and Appropriation Chairmen to bring a Financial Literacy bill up for a full vote: “It’s unfortunate House Bill 637 was allowed to die in the Senate Education Committee. I believe education is pivotal to breaking the cycle of poverty and we are … Continue reading Treasurer Lynn Fitch Issues Statement on Financial Literacy bill dying in Senate Committees.

Lamar County School District may join Madison County and Clinton to offer Health Science career college prep


Lamar County School District officials will spend the next year researching the possibility of creating a Health Science Career Academy at Oak Grove High School. The move would offer high school students in the district a college-prep curriculum with a health science theme. The district has received a $45,000, three-year grant from the Mississippi Department … Continue reading Lamar County School District may join Madison County and Clinton to offer Health Science career college prep

Cooking the Books: Dept. of Education Chairman defends removing grad rates from accountability ratings


As school bells sound for a new school year, many districts in Mississippi will be striving for a favorable rating in the state's accountability model. In order to reach the top two classifications, graduation rates come into play and they must be of a high percentage. That requirement however, was recently removed by the State … Continue reading Cooking the Books: Dept. of Education Chairman defends removing grad rates from accountability ratings

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.

Desoto Legislators still playing interference for government school interests against bill to toughen punishment of administrative grade changing.


House members sent Gov. Phil Bryant legislation Tuesday that would bar school administrators from changing student grades, a practice that legislators said some school districts consider routine. State law already prohibits the practice, but House Education Committee chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, said he was determined to end it and pushed the new legislation. Some school … Continue reading Desoto Legislators still playing interference for government school interests against bill to toughen punishment of administrative grade changing.

Crawford: Gov.s drop-out program won’t work


House and Senate bills to implement Gov. Phil Bryants dual enrollment drop-out prevention program miss the target. Bryants "Mississippi Works" program allows high school students on the verge of dropping out to dual enroll in community college workforce training programs. The intent is for students to learn a trade while still pursuing a high school … Continue reading Crawford: Gov.s drop-out program won’t work

NEMS360.com – State’s eighth graders will be asked to choose career clusters


Mississippi's high-schoolers will need to start thinking more seriously about what they want to do when they grow up. A new Pathways to Success program being implemented by the Mississippi Department of Education will ask the state's eighth-grade students to chose one of 16 career clusters that most interests them. Starting this school year, the … Continue reading NEMS360.com – State’s eighth graders will be asked to choose career clusters