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Enrollment increases by record 5.2% at universities in Miss

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Across the eight schools, attendance is up 5.2 percent compared to last fall – the system’s largest ever single-year increase, to push the system total enrollment over 80,800 students.

"(It) is a very positive sign for economic development in our state," said Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. "A better educated citizenry stabilizes the economy and creates better opportunities to bring good jobs to our state."

The biggest jump was seen at Alcorn State University.

The university, which has campuses in Lorman, Natchez and Vicksburg, grew by nearly 20 percent and has about 4,391 students this semester.

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Davis goes back to Capitol

Desoto Times Tribune > News > : www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/09/08/news/doc4e…1.txt

HERNANDO — Despite a stinging defeat at the polls last month, Sen. Doug Davis, R-Hernando, said he will back at work at Mississippi’s Capitol week after next to work on the state’s 2013 budget.

"That’s what I’m focused on right now," said Davis, who was honored recently by his state Senate colleagues for his seven years in the Senate, especially his work on behalf of higher education.

Davis, arguably one of the most powerful lawmakers to serve at the Capitol from DeSoto County, lost in an upset to political newcomer Chris Massey on Aug. 2.

Lawmakers passed a resolution honoring Davis during the special session to consider economic projects last week. Davis, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, wrestled with shaping the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget during one of the toughest economic times in the nation’s history.

"I’d like to think I played a small part in making a big difference," Davis said. "I’m leaving the state’s fiscal house in a lot better shape than when I found it."

Davis said he thinks some consideration needs to be given to restructuring the state’s education oversight boards, and he said it might take state constitutional action to do it.

Davis said the State College and Universities Board, the State Board of Education which oversees the state’s K-12 budget and the Community and Junior College Board often scrap and fight against each other for funding unnecessarily.

"When it comes to the budget, there are three educational entities pitted against each other," Davis said. "We need to consider looking at states like Florida which has one board."

For instance, Davis said higher education should not be underfunded at the expense of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade program.

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Reeves touts MPACT

– WLBT 3 – Jackson, MS:: www.wlbt.com/story/15414467/reeves-touts-mpact

Governor Haley Barbour has declared September "College Savings Month".

Wednesday, State Treasurer Tate Reeves marked the occasion by kicking off the enrollment period for the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College tuition program or MPACT.

Reeves was surrounded by hundreds of Madison Station Elementary School students to announce that September 1st through December 31st, Mississippi families can lock-in today’s tuition rates for tomorrow’s college students.

Reeves said, "It’s a factor that tuition has risen in our state and virtually every other state over the last 10 to 20 years and so affordability and accessibility of a college degree is becoming an issue for many of these kids and their parents and their grandparents, so what we try to do is stress to them the importance of education, but also the importance of starting to save early."

MPACT earnings are tax exempt and contributions are fully deductible from state income tax. It is guaranteed by the state to cover the cost of college tuition and mandatory fees at Mississippi’s public colleges. The benefits can also be used for private or out-of-state schools.

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Sports agents on notice in Miss.

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Strengthening a Mississippi law is helping to ensure athletes are protected from unscrupulous agents, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said.

"Mississippi’s new law will provide greater accountability to sports agents who wish to recruit our student athletes and will bring more responsibility to the recruitment process," he said. "Our goal is to protect not only the eligibility, but also the future of our student athletes."

This past session, state lawmakers toughened requirements of the Uniform Athletes Agents Act, which the secretary of state’s office enforces.

Hosemann said he became interested in reforming the system after NFL running back Reggie Bush had to return the Heisman Trophy he earned while playing for the University of Southern California.

Hosemann talked with officials from the NCAA, universities and colleges, professional sports leagues and sports agents – conversations aimed at making it difficult for unscrupulous agents to operate.

"If Mississippi ever wins a Heisman trophy, we want to keep it," Hosemann said.

Brackey Brett, Mississippi State University’s associate athletic director for compliance, praised the new law. "Secretary of State Hosemann and the Mississippi Legislature have really put some teeth in this act," he said. "That’s the encouraging part for us."

With the success of the Southeastern Conference in general and MSU specifically come "issues you have to manage, dealing with agents and those acting on their behalf," he said. "We live in that part of the nation where the culture of college football is extremely strong compared to other parts of the nation."

One problem has been that of "runners," who act on behalf of agents, he said. "A lot of these runners are students on our campuses."

Athletic officials eventually figure out who they are, "but there’s not a way to know up front," he said.

Under the new law, "compensation" to an athlete has been broadened to include "anything of value."

That means if a runner gives something of value to a student athlete, he or she becomes an "agent" under the law and could face civil or criminal penalties.

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Controversial author Marc Tucker to speak at MS Dept. of Education Statewide Forum Sept. 14

BY: B. Keith Plunkett 


Controversial author Marc Tucker is slated to be the speaker at a Mississippi Department of Education Forum on September 14. the event will be held at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin County Campus of Hinds Community College from 2-4 PM.

Tucker is the CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy and author of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. He also has a new book scheduled for release in November.

Tucker went to both Brown and Yale on academic scholarships. His bachelor’s degree was in philosophy and American literature. He was involved with the drama department at Yale until he dropped out of his graduate program there. His masters at George Washington University was in telecommunications policy. However, he has no education degree, has never taught or been directly involved in K-12, and only for a brief two-year stint taught a college course.

Tucker worked as a lighting technician at a PBS TV station in Boston and then began to work at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) in Portland, Oregon.

On Sept. 25, 1998, Rep. Bob Schaffer placed in the Congressional Record an 18-page letter that has become famous as Marc Tucker’s “Dear Hillary” letter. It lays out the master plan of the Clinton Administration to take over the entire U.S. educational system so that it can serve national economic planning of the workforce.

Tucker and the Clintons

The “Dear Hillary” letter, written on Nov. 11, 1992 by Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), lays out a plan “to remold the entire American system” into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone,” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”

Tucker’s plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. Nothing in this comprehensive plan has anything to do with teaching schoolchildren how to read, write, or calculate.

Tucker’s ambitious plan was implemented in three laws passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994: the Goals 2000 Act, the School-to-Work Act, and the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These laws establish the following mechanisms to restructure the public schools:

Bypass all elected officials on school boards and in state legislatures by making federal funds flow to the Governor and his appointees on workforce development boards.

Use a computer database, a.k.a. “a labor market information system,” into which school personnel would scan all information about every schoolchild and his family, identified by the child’s social security number: academic, medical, mental, psychological, behavioral, and interrogations by counselors. The computerized data would be available to the school, the government, and future employers.

Use “national standards” and “national testing” to cement national control of tests, assessments, school honors and rewards, financial aid, and the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM), which is designed to replace the high school diploma.

Designed on the German system, the Tucker plan is to train children in specific jobs to serve the workforce and the global economy instead of to educate them so they can make their own life choices.

Tucker and Obama

In 1988, Tucker became the president of the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) where he joined up with Hillary Clinton, Mario Cuomo, and Ira Magaziner to get states to move away from local control of their schools and migrate to national standards.

In 1991, Marc Tucker and Lauren Resnick created New Standards that pushed standards-based reform. In 1998, he and Judy Codding created America’s Choice that made sure the national standards were further implemented into the schools; and in 2005, Tucker created the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce.

Tucker’s whole plan has been to require public school teachers to quit focusing on knowledge-based, academic content that emphasizes mostly objective testing with right-or-wrong answers. Instead Tucker and his cohorts have managed to restructure completely the public schools, leading to the dumbing down of America’s school students.

This effort has been given a new level of control under Obama and Arne Duncan who have added federal”teeth” by creating Common Core Standards and the millions of federal dollars available through Race to the Top funding.

Now 48 states (except for Alaska and Texas) have committed to Tucker’s school”reform” model whereby the federal takeover of the public schools will be completed with national standards, national curriculum, national assessments, and a national database that ties students’ scores back to individual teachers to determine their salaries/tenure/evaluations. Teachers will be forced to teach daily whatever is on the national assessments in order to keep their jobs.

Tucker has teamed up with Obama, Arne Duncan, Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Linda Darling-Hammond, David Driscoll, Gene Wilhoit, Phil Daro, and others to move public school classrooms in 48 states into social engineering through subjective assessments that emphasize feelings, opinions, beliefs, multiculturalism, political correctness, diversity, global warming, homosexuality, and”social justice.”

References: www.educationnews.org/commentaries/insights_on_edu….html


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MSU surpasses 20,000 with record enrollment

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STARKVILLE, Miss.–Mississippi State University surpassed the 20,000 student enrollment milestone with a 2011 fall semester headcount of 20,424, a 3.97 percent increase from last year.

The gain of 780 students from last year’s 19,644 total shows MSU on the rise for the seventh consecutive year.

"Despite difficult economic times, we have worked hard to ensure that Mississippi State continues to offer the highest quality educational experience. Included in that experience is a friendly, welcoming and nurturing atmosphere that provides an environment for students to succeed," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.

Among the enrollment gains, figures show increases in African American student enrollment, and the university continues to attract a high percentage of Mississippi students.

"We tell students that no matter their interest or career path, Mississippi State can help them get there. This all-time record enrollment figure, especially the high percentage of students from Mississippi, is a strong indication of the confidence those students have in our ability to help them become the future leaders of our state and nation," Keenum said.

Keenum has set an enrollment goal of 22,000 by 2015, and he said current enrollment shows the university is on track toward meeting that objective.

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USM takes aim to make smoke-free campuses

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The University of Southern Mississippi is taking the first step toward being smoke-free by initiating a new smoking policy to be phased in during this fall semester on the Hattiesburg campus.

The policy will include designated areas with tobacco receptacles where people can smoke. The areas will be established in the coming weeks with signage.

The new policy won’t be enforced until in the spring 2012 semester when $50 fines will be issued to violators.

The effort is a collaboration of the university’s Student Government Association, Faculty Senate, Staff Council and the Office of Health Promotion, and is in keeping with one of the university’s strategic planning priorities – healthy minds, bodies and campuses.

Southern Miss Gulf Coast plans to form a committee during the 2011-2012 academic year to study benchmarks for its own smoking policy.

"We expect this policy to have a tremendous impact on the health of everyone on this campus, and that impact will result from the culture change that is the main goal of this campaign," said SGA President Erick Brown, an Honors College senior from Columbus. "This effort is where our commitment to a healthy campus shines brightest."

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