Loden: Common Core is ‘piece to the puzzle’

Tupelo Superintendent Gearl Loden issued a statement on Friday in response to Thursday’s comments by Gov. Phil Bryant that called the Common Core academic standards “a failed program.” Loden’s statement: “Our district enhances rigor by focusing on higher order skills and depths of understanding. I don’t think we need to “oversell” the Core; it’s not […]

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More on Mississippi teacher pay

The print version of our Sunday story, looking at how teacher pay in Mississippi is determined contained graphs of the state’s salary scale and the local supplements for several Northeast Mississippi school districts. I’ve included those below:   MISSISSIPPI TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULE This is the minimum salary scale mandated by the state. Individual districts can […]

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House bill could impact Tupelo School Board

As was examined in Sunday’s Daily Journal, state lawmakers are considering school governance changes that could make all of the state’s superintendents of education into appointed positions and all of its school boards into elected ones. If House Bill 442 — which would elect all school board members — passes as is, it would dramatically […]

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Governor’s statement on Quality Counts rankings

This morning, Education Week issued its 18th-annual Quality Counts rankings, an exhaustive study that gives the nation, states and the District of Columbia a report-card grade and a rank in six key educational indicators. Here is my story in this morning’s paper, which includes comments from new State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Mississippi ranked […]

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Single family statistics

Today’s installment of the Daily Journal’s “State of Our Schools” series includes a look at the rising percentage of Mississippi babies who are being born to unmarried mothers. Below is the data that accompanied that story. Births to Unmarried Mothers: Percentage of Mississippi babies born to unmarried mothers through the years: Total 1962: 14.4 1976: […]

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School rankings breakdown

The Daily Journal determined the average income, number of teenage births and percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers for each district graded “A” by the Mississippi Department of Education. It also did the same for each district graded “B,” “C,” “D” and “F.” For each drop of a district’s grade level – from “A” […]

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Tupelo School Board 07.16.13

I will be live blogging from today’s Tupelo School Board meeting. The meeting just begun. All five board members are present. The board is approving past minutes. Board member Eddie Prather said the minutes of the board retreat should be edited to reflect the board’s satisfaction with Loden for his first year. He said the […]

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Nathan Hall moves to Corinth

On Saturday, I wrote a story about Tupelo Middle School Assistant Principals Nathan Hall and Ken McGaha leaving for new jobs in other districts. Hall will be the principal at Corinth Middle School and McGaha will be an assistant principal at Horn Lake Middle School. My story, which is available by clicking the link above, […]

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Bryant’s controversial education comment

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said during a Washington Post Live forum on Tuesday morning that America’s educational troubles began when “mom got in the workplace.” Bryant was among three governors and a number of state superintendents participating in the discussion this morning about third-grade reading retention. Bryant acknowledged that his remarks would be controversial and […]

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Author to speak in Oxford about charter schools

Education reporter Sarah Carr will be at Square Books in Oxford on Tuesday, April 2 at 5 p.m. to speak about her new book “Hope Against Hope.” The book tells the story of the New Orleans public school system after Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of a veteran principal, a first-year teacher and a 14-year-old […]

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