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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State of Our Schools: Comparison of state pre-K programs

Each state takes a unique approach to pre-K. Here is a look at what a few other states offer in state-funded pre-school programs: View the entire State of Our Schools series, including the current installment on pre-K here: http://educationmatters.djournal.com/state-of-our-schools/ MISSISSIPPI In 2013, the Legislature approved state funding on pre-K programs for the first time. The […]

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State of Our Schools: Pre-K studies

Many studies have examined the impact of high-quality pre-K on the youngest learners. Here are some of the more famous: To read the entire Daily Journal State of Our Schools series, including the most recent installment about pre-K, visit: http://educationmatters.djournal.com/state-of-our-schools/   PRE-K Studies:   • The Abecedarian Project Four cohorts of individuals, born into low-income […]

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Tupelo School Board 10.14.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting has begun. Four of the five board members are present. Eddie Prather is not here. The board will meet again today at 5 p.m. at Milam Elementary. It will vote on agenda items during that meeting. It will hear presentations during this noon meeting. 12:13 p.m. Executive director of facilities […]

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State education department defends process for Common Core test approval

The Mississippi Department of Education is not happy with the decision of another state agency not to approve its contract for tests that will measure how well students are mastering the new Common Core Standards. Last week, the State Board of Education approved a one-year emergency contract with NCS Pearson, Inc., to provide those tests. […]

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TPSD Board President takes ice bucket challenge

Another one takes the ice. Tupelo School Board President Rob Hudson took the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday afternoon in his role as President of Hudson Management, which operates seven McDonald’s restaurants in Tupelo, Saltillo, New Albany and Pontotoc. The Daily Journal’s Robbie Ward was visiting the South Gloster McDonald’s to get a Big Mac […]

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Tupelo School Board 09.09.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting is about to begin. All five board members are present. 12:15 p.m. Meeting has begun. Board approves agenda. The board also will meet tonight at 5 p.m. at Tupelo Middle School. It will hold public recognitions and will vote on agenda items during that meeting. It will hold presentations and […]

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Tupelo School Board 08.12.14

Today’s School Board meeting will begin shortly at the Hancock Leadership Center. Check back for updates. Among the items on today’s agenda is a presentation about a new Advanced Placement capstone program to be offered at Tupelo High School. The board also is expected to adopt its budget for the new fiscal year. Other presentations […]

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Tupelo School Board 07.22.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting is about to begin. Board members Sherry Davis, Ken Wheeler, Eddie Prather and Joe Babb all are present. Board President Rob Hudson is not yet here. The board also will reconvene today at 5 p.m. for a public hearing on the district’s budget for next year. That hearing also will […]

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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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