Ex-employee gets Mississippi education department contract

May 12, 2017 in Education

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A former high-ranking employee at the Mississippi Department of Education has received a $48,000 contract to do two months of consulting work for the agency. The […]

Mississippi’s F-rated districts raise grades despite test scores: See how your district fared

October 17, 2014 in Education

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Many of Mississippi’s public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi’s A-to-F school rating system, but state officials […]

Miss. Department of Education wants $1 million to investigate school cheating

July 25, 2014 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Education’s new budget includes a request for $1 million to focus on cheating in the public schools. Department spokesman Pete Smith told The Clarion-Ledger  the […]

Hearing delayed in state takeover of Greenwood school district

July 23, 2014 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Greenwood school district will get six more days to respond to a report by the Mississippi Department of Education that claims widespread violations of state […]

Mississippi to step up reading instruction for third-graders

April 22, 2014 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — State officials say they plan to use bolstered state funding to hire more literacy coaches and better train teachers as schools seek to meet legislative requirements […]

Mississippi remembers victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

December 20, 2012 in News, Top Stories

First memorial bell-ringing ceremony held at Jackson State University

Friday prayer vigils scheduled throughout city

Governor calls for moment of silence

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor

From the Governor’s office, the Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson Public Schools and Jackson State University, Mississippians expressed their sorrow and concern for the safety of all school children, after the Dec. 14 murder of 20 children and six adults by a lone gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn….

High school obesity rate drops in Miss. students

December 4, 2012 in Education, Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Mississippi’s obesity rate in high school students has dropped, knocking the state’s teens out of the number one spot down to number five in obesity nationwide.

A 2011 survey finds the rate of obesity among Mississippi high school students down to 16.5 percent from 18.1 percent in 2009.

Campaign employs fitness to improve test scores

November 20, 2012 in Education, Health, News, Statewide News

Mississippi elementary and middle school teachers have a new tool to improve academic performance in the classroom.

The Mississippi Department of Education has launched a new campaign to help teachers incorporate physical activity into lesson plans. The “Move to Learn” campaign is based on two academic studies that show a correlation between increased fitness and improved test scores, as well as fewer absences and fewer disciplinary incidents at school.