Tupelo School Board 03.17.15

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting is about to begin. All five members are present. Among other items, the board will decide whether to call an election for a $44 million bond request. It would not require a tax increase. The board also will vote on new officers for the next year. It elects officers each […]

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Tupelo School Board: 02.17.15

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting has begun. All five board members are present. The board also will meet at 5 p.m. at Pierce Street School and will vote on agenda items then. This meeting is for discussion of items. 12:20 p.m. Tupelo High Principal Jason Harris and Tupelo Middle Principal Kristy Luse are each thanking […]

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Tupelo School Board 01.20.15

I am live blogging from today’s Tupelo School Board meeting. Four of the five Board members are present and the meeting has begun. Board member Ken Wheeler is not here. The meeting began with a presentation of the district’s Teachers of the Year for each individual school. Tupelo High English teacher April Friar was named […]

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Tupelo School Board 12.09.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting has begun. Sorry I’m late in getting to this blog post. I arrived to a standing-room crowd due to several recognitions. Those recognitions have been made, the room has somewhat cleared and I now have a seat. As soon as I have a moment, I’ll update on what has already […]

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State of Our Schools: GELI data

This chart ran with today’s “State of Our Schools” story about the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative: Below are the scores of students who had attended Gilmore Early Learning Initiative Promise Schools last year when they took Mississippi’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment as kindergartners this fall: Smithville: 573 Hamilton: 554 Amory: 546 Hatley: 535 -A score of […]

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State of Our Schools: What does ‘prepared’ mean?

As part of the Daily Journal’s “State of Our Schools” series on pre-K, kindergarten teachers provided several recommendations for what students should be able to do when they start kindergarten. That includes being able to: • Identify most letters of the alphabet, especially the letters in the child’s name • Count to 10 and recognize […]

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Tupelo School Board 11.18.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting is about to begin at the Hancock Learning Center. All five board members are present. The board will meet again at 5 p.m. at Parkway Elementary. It will hold several public recognitions and will vote on the agenda at that meeting. It will listen to several reports and discuss the […]

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State of Our Schools: Choosing quality

What do parents need to know when choosing high-quality child care? Here are some indicators that can help:   Quality checklist • Well-trained staff and small teacher-student ratios • Opportunities for children to learn through play • Lots of language, reading and interactions with children • Avoidance of too many worksheets, too much TV • […]

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State of Our Schools: Kindergarten readiness

For the first time this fall, Mississippi gave a test to all of its kindergartners at the beginning of the year to determine their readiness for school. More than 40,000 kindergartners in 144 school districts took the STAR Early Literacy Exam. It revealed that two-thirds were not ready to start school. Here were the results: […]

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State of Our Schools: Pre-K spending

Pre-K spending is very unequal among Southeastern Conference states. See the numbers: Mississippi $6,000,000 Alabama $19,087,050 Arkansas $111,000,000 Florida $390,360,150 Georgia $293,939,678 Kentucky $75,373,534 Louisiana $91,803,989 Missouri $7,595,483 South Carolina $35,708,905 Tennessee $85,807,267 Texas $753,338,055 # Note data is for the 2012-13 school year, except for Mississippi (2013-14) and Arkansas (2011-12). Source: National Institute for […]

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