Monthly Archives: January 2013

High schools may have to pay for unprepared graduates

NOTE: Below is a story by Jackie Mader of the Hechinger Report looking at an interesting new trend, proposed state laws that would require high schools to pay expenses of remedial community college courses needed by their students. Two such bills have been filed by Mississippi Senators during the current session, and four other states […]

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Tracy Lyle named Lee County Teacher of Year

Mooreville Middle School’s Tracy Lyle was named the Lee County School District’s Teacher of the Year during its school board meeting on Tuesday. Lyle is in her second year at Mooreville Middle School, where she teaches seventh-grade language arts. She taught third grade at Moorville Elementary for three years and taught in the Tupelo Public […]

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Tupelo School Board 01.15.13

I will be live blogging from today’s Tupelo School Board meeting. All five board members are present, and the meeting will likely begin soon. Meeting has begun. There is no evening meeting today, so the board will vote at this meeting. 12:15 p.m. Scott Reed and Eric Gibens will present an update on the Tupelo […]

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Survey of Northeast Mississippi legislators on charter schools

Bobby Harrison reports in today’s Daily Journal that “Most area legislators want charters limited” The story is a great comprehensive survey of the local delegation’s thoughts about the charter school issue that is expected to dominate the legislative debate in the current session. Bobby interviewed 20 Northeast Mississippi legislators during the first week of the […]

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Winter weather updates

I’ll post winter weather updates as I receive them. Please add any you have in the comments below. Aberdeen Schools closing at 2:45 p.m. Monday. All school events are canceled. Alcorn County Schools closing at 1:45 p.m. Monday. No evening activities Amory Schools closing at 2 p.m. today Baldwyn Schools closing at 1:45 p.m. today […]

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Hechinger Report on racial divide in charter debate

There was  great report on Friday by Sarah Carr of The Hechinger Report about the racial divide in Mississippi’s charter school debate. “Mississippi debate over charters, school reform evokes broader racial divide” I highly recommend reading it to understand another nuance of what is expected to be the most hotly-contested issue of the current session. […]

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Mississippi Legislative Education Committees will likely be busy soon

Not much happened in education reform during the Mississippi Legislature’s first week in session, this past week. Expect that to change soon. Both the House and Senate are expected to debate a bill that would expand charter schools in the state and to consider a “third-gate” proposal that would not allow third-graders who failed the […]

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Florida model links

In today’s Daily Journal, we had the second installment of our State of Our Schools series, examining the Florida education reform model being studied by Mississippi’s Legislature as a possible example of the Magnolia State. Links to those stories and the first installment of the series is available at here. Here are some links to […]

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Lee Schools hire new assistant principal

TUPELO – The Lee County School Board hired Allen Stanford on Thursday to serve as assistant principal at Shannon Elementary. Stanford replaces Pam Blissard, who was named Plantersville Middle School principal in December. Blissard, who had been at Shannon Elementary for seven years, replaced Bill Horton, who died suddenly on Nov. 30. Stanford has been […]

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Arrested teacher no longer on Lee substitute list

TUPELO – Lee County School District Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said on Thursday that Blake Whitt is no longer on the district’s approved list of substitute teachers. Whitt, 24, was arrested on Wednesday on two sexual battery counts. The former substitute teacher is accused of crimes associated with an alleged sexual relationship with a female student […]

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