Monthly Archives: December 2012

Mississippi Department of Education reviewing school safety

The Mississippi Department of Education is reviewing its safety policies and training requirements in light of this month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Shane McNeil, director of Safe and Orderly Schools at MDE, said on Friday the state department is in the process of determining any changes that need to be made. “The Mississippi Department […]

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Shannon Elementary trying to win grant

Voting ends today at midnight in an online contest that could net Shannon Elementary a new sound system for its gym. The school is among more than 100 in the nation vying for a Power a Bright Future grant from The Clorox Company. The winner will get up to $50,000, which the school has said […]

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State of Our Schools, Day 2

Today, we continued the State of Our Schools series with Daily Journal Capitol reporter Bobby Harrison writing about education actions by state government in the years since the 1982 Education Reform Act. Among his stories is a great explanation of the MAEP formula designed to fund the state’s schools and how it works. It does […]

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Legacy of the Education Reform Act

Along with the stories from the State of Our Schools series in today’s Daily Journal, we also had quotes from several current and former state and education leaders about the legacy of the Education Reform Act 30 years later. The act, which was passed by the Legislature on Dec. 20, 1982, in a special legislative […]

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Retired Tupelo teachers recall visit to Sandy Hook

There was a great story by J.B. Clark in today’s Daily Journal about two retired Tupelo teachers who recalled a trip they took to Sandy Hook Elementary during the 1990s. Sue Shepherd and Cindy Faucette were part of a team of teachers that visited the school to learn about teaching methods they used there. They […]

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State of Our Schools

(NOTE: The State of Our Schools series has a new landing page: http://educationmatters.djournal.com/state-of-our-school/ This post contains links for all of December’s stories) Today, we ran the first installment in what will be an ongoing Daily Journal series about Mississippi’s public schools, their performance and the factors that affect it, and the policy debate over how […]

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Northeast Mississippi schools review safety plans

Several Northeast Mississippi school superintendents said they will review their district’s safety plans in the way of today’s fatal school shooting in Newton, Conn. “When something like this happens, you want to double check and make sure you are doing all you can,” said Itawamba school system’s superintendent, Michael Nanney. Nanney said he asked all […]

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Mississippi Legislature focuses on education

JACKSON – The House and Senate education committees just completed a joint work session at the Mississippi Capitol. Over 4.5 hours, the committee members from both chambers heard speakers give reports on a Florida reading initiative, Mississippi’s teacher evaluation system and charter schools. Laurie Smith, Gov. Phil Bryant’s education policy advisor, also gave remarks to […]

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TPSD School Board 12.11.12

Tupelo School Board meeting has begun. All five board members are present. The Hancock Center is decorated for Christmas with a tree in one corner and wreaths and plastic holly spread across several tables. TPSD Dyslexia Coordinator Cepia Buchanan is giving an update on the district’s dyslexia program. Challenges  of dyslexia include oral language, written […]

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Bill Horton remembered

The mood was somber when I visited Plantersville Middle School on Monday to talk to people about their memories of Principal Bill Horton, who died at home on Friday from a heart attack. I saw several people hugging and others had tears in their eyes as they spoke to me. The flag was at half […]

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