Mississippi mulling alternative paths to graduation for students who fail exit exams

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi education officials are considering as many as seven alternate paths to a high school diploma for students who fail one or more high school exit exams.

The state Board of Education agreed Oct. 18 to seek public comments. The plan has drawn questions because it could allow students to graduate without showing much proficiency in science or U.S. history… […]


Hinds County judge blocks state takeover of LeFlore County schools

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has blocked the state’s takeover of the Leflore County school district.

Kidd ruled Monday that the district is owed a formal hearing before the state can depose the current superintendent and school board.

The state has said it used another section of state law and no formal hearing was required before the governor declared a state of emergency. Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency in Leflore County Sept. 17, the same day Kidd first stepped in… […]