Charter School Authorizer Board hires new executive director.


An employee who leads charter schools in Louisiana has been hired as executive director of the new Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi. RELATED>>>PLUNKETT: New executive director of Charter School Board should have much to offer Mississippi education reform. Officials said Tuesday that Marian Schutte of New Orleans will begin her $95,000-a-year Mississippi job on … Continue reading Charter School Authorizer Board hires new executive director.

Group says teen pregnancies are costly to the state of Mississippi


| The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5504d77bd0ff4602bda...sippi JACKSON, Miss. — Groups pushing for comprehensive sex education classes in Mississippi schools say there's a good economic reason for what they're doing. A new analysis shows teen births cost the state $154.9 million in 2009. That includes increased costs of foster care and incarceration for young people born years ago … Continue reading Group says teen pregnancies are costly to the state of Mississippi

A peek inside the mind of the campaign of Socialists for the Education Status Quo


World Socialist and the Mississippi Parents Campaign have something in common; they are more worried about jobs than educating kids. Outsourcing education: The rise of virtual schools: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/sep2011/virt-s01.shtml Mississippi—schools illegally under funded For the fourth year in a row, Mississippi will fail to meet the state’s statutory obligation to support K-12 schools, under funding school … Continue reading A peek inside the mind of the campaign of Socialists for the Education Status Quo

Sex ed Well, ignorance isn’t working


| The Clarion-Ledger | http://www.clarionledger.com: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110829/OPINION01/1...ome|s At least 17 Mississippi schools are using an abstinence-only program titled Choosing the Best. While abstinence certainly, as the program says, is 100 percent effective, without some accurate knowledge of how contraception works, it's asking for trouble. Plus, much of the information teens were relying upon was simply misinformation … Continue reading Sex ed Well, ignorance isn’t working

More School Districts Harassed by Secular Group on Issue of Prayer


: http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/8736-scho...rayer The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) continues its attack on the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech and religious expression as it targets school districts in Mississippi and Kentucky that have held to their long-time traditions of public prayer. On August 18th the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that the Wisconsin-based secularist group had … Continue reading More School Districts Harassed by Secular Group on Issue of Prayer

Policy restricts teachers on Facebook


- WTVA.com: http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/Policy-restricts-tea....cspx BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Like it or not, more and more teenagers are signing up for Facebook accounts. It's considered the cool thing to do, and for better or worse, it provides something never before seen for those in high school: instant communication. "A kid can get in trouble in class, and … Continue reading Policy restricts teachers on Facebook

DeSoto Schools halts broadcast of invocation at games; delays decision on other events


» The Commercial Appeal: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/aug/23/football...rayer DeSoto County Schools will abide by an existing policy that prohibits broadcasting prayers over the public address system at football games, but school board attorney Keith Treadway did not elaborate further Monday on the demands of a Wisconsin group that prayer be halted at athletic events and graduation ceremonies. Treadway's … Continue reading DeSoto Schools halts broadcast of invocation at games; delays decision on other events

School funding could split GOP base


| Hattiesburg American | http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com: http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20110822/OPINI...20304 Fights over education funding in Mississippi have divided mostly along party lines the past several years. The Democratic-controlled House has pushed for more money for schools, while Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and the GOP-controlled Senate have said education can't get everything it wants when the economy is rocky and … Continue reading School funding could split GOP base

Breaking State Auditor’s Office copying documents at Rankin County School District HQ


WLBT 3 is reporting on their Facebook page: Special agents with the State Auditor's Office spent much of the day at the Rankin County School District's headquarters in Brandon copying certain documents. We have exclusive video and details on the investigation on the WLBT 5, 6 and 10pm reports. #Mississippi #Rankin #County #Schools #Education #Stacey … Continue reading Breaking State Auditor’s Office copying documents at Rankin County School District HQ

Columbus schools seek community input on next superintendent


- The Dispatch: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=12467 Columbus Municipal School District's search for a new superintendent officially begins on Sept. 13. Then, the Mississippi School Boards Association will host a community-input session. "It is very important for both MSBA and the Board of Trustees to know your preferences with regards to the qualities our next Superintendent should possess.," … Continue reading Columbus schools seek community input on next superintendent