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'Young, Fun, Sexy and Hot': Education Leader Wants Passion in Teaching

Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy, a private, nonprofit school in Atlanta, says he wants education to be "young, fun, sexy and hot."

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Group Lodges New Complaints Against DeSoto County Schools

A group that filed a civil-rights complaint against DeSoto County Schools last year says the school district is continuing to be discriminatory in its practices.

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No 'Failing' Districts, but Two Jackson Middle Schools Get 'F' in State Scoring

Just over a third of Mississippi's public-school districts scored a "C" than any other grade on the Mississippi Department of Education district accountability scores released this week.

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Mississippi District Appeals Order in Desegregation Case

A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge's order in a long-running desegregation case.

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Lawsuit: Charter School Law 'Heralds a Financial Cataclysm' in Mississippi

On July 11, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of some Jackson parents against Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Department of Education and Jackson Public Schools, ...


Lawsuit Seeks to Block Charter Schools in Mississippi

A new lawsuit seeks to block charter schools in Mississippi, arguing that they violate the state constitution by making school districts share property tax collections with schools they don't control.

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Mississippi to Receive 'Help Me Grow' Hotline

Mississippi Families for Kids, a community service organization that works with adoptive and foster-care families as well as children with mental-health challenges, received an $850,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg ...

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Hispanic Influx: One School Struggles to Meet Children’s Needs

It's Cinco de Mayo in Christy Crotwell's class, and Luis Antonio Hernandez is reading the first-graders a story about the holiday's origins. He reads each page twice—once in English, once ...

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Feeding Jackson's Hungry Children: Summer Program Continues Until July 15

Hundreds of Jackson-area children gathered at McWillie Elementary School today to for the opportunity to eat lunch, learn healthy habits and, time permitting, hit the Quan.


For the Love of Women, Kids, Everyone Else

The Legislature is already in a financial bind—calling a special session with two days left in the fiscal year clearly means things are bad. So quit making them worse by ...

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JPS Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against BOTEC, Alleged 'Cruelly False Assertions'

Jackson Public Schools ended its legal wrangling with Los Angeles-based research firm BOTEC Analysis over results it published in a Mississippi attorney general-funded study about the relationship between school discipline ...

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For Student Achievement, Facilities Matter

This past February, the Yazoo County School District made a $4.2-million deal with Schneider Electric, a global company that specializes in automation and energy, to make its schools "greener" in ...

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Mississippi Sees Growth in Early Childhood Literacy, Graduation Rates

Mississippi's public-school students are showing significant gains in graduation rates and kindergarten literary, the Mississippi Department of Education is reporting.

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School Choice Group Names Lt. Gov. Reeves 'Education Reformer of the Year'

Empower Mississippi, an education "choice" nonprofit organization, named Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves the "Education Reformer of the Year" for his work on several education bills in the past legislative session.


Mississippi Community College Fees Rise 7 Percent on Average

Tuition will rise almost 7 percent on average this fall at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges.