Mississippi taking closer look at school contractors

October 19, 2015 in Education

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials say they’re trying to measure whether struggling school districts are getting good results from contractors hired to help teachers and students. In a presentation […]

Reading deadline looms for Mississippi third-graders

August 15, 2014 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Thousands of Mississippi parents could get a letter at the end of this school year notifying them their third graders have failed because of a legislative […]

Gov. Phil Bryant fills two seats on state Board of Education

August 13, 2014 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has named Johnny Franklin of Bolton and Danny Spreitler of Amory to fill unexpired terms of Mississippi’s state Board of Education. Franklin, Bryant’s […]

Mississippi school funding formula calls for $312 more in 2016 budget

July 24, 2014 in Education

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to […]

Analysis: Public left in dark about new state superintendent

October 3, 2013 in Education, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — If you’d like to know a little something about Mississippi’s next superintendent of schools, Carey Wright, you should thank Des Moines, Iowa.

When Wright interviewed for the superintendent of that local school district in March, she and two other candidates met with members of the community and then gave speeches and brief interviews with the board that were recorded. That 20-minute recording is still online. It gives a much better insight into Wright’s background and professional views than the one-paragraph statement she issued through the Mississippi State Board of Education after it voted in a closed meeting last week to name Wright the leader of the Magnolia State’s 490,000 students and 148 school districts…

Takeovers planned for 2 of 3 Mississippi school districts

September 13, 2013 in Education, News, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The Mississippi state Board of Education is seeking to take over the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, but will grant the Yazoo City system a reprieve.

The board voted Friday morning to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare states of emergency in Claiborne and Leflore. Byrant could act as early as Friday.

Under an agreement with Yazoo City, the district would lose accreditation and the state would appoint consultants to oversee improvements…