CHART: Marshall County Out, Calhoun County In

[Updated Post, 5/24/12] Recent news from two school districts has caused us to revise our list of CHART districts.  The Marshall County School District adopted CHART in the spring of 2011.  However, under the leadeship of a new superintendent that was elected this past fall,…

Early Learning Challenge: Mississippi’s Scores Available Online

Mississippi’s scores and comments from the Early Learning Challenge have been posted to the U.S. Department of Education’s website.  The department also released the rankings of scores, which provided pretty sobering news for the magnolia state.  Of the 37 applications reviewed for this competitive grant,…

Early Learning Challenge Winners Announced

Mississippi comes up short.   The U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services have just announced the winners of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC).  The grant competition was designed to support states that created high-quality plans to improve early…

MBJ: MSU Gets Major Award to Recruit, Retain Teachers

Posted from the Mississippi Business Journal (12/15/11)   STARKVILLE — A major U.S. Department of Education award to Mississippi State University’s College of Education will aid in recruiting and training new middle school teachers from some of the state’s poorest, most rural areas. The department’s…

For Ed Wonks: Town Hall Meetings to Discuss NCLB Waivers

MDE Will Share Plan for Waiver Application   MDE is currently holding town hall meetings to inform parents and other community members about the U.S. Department of Education’s waiver process for No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  This process gives states flexibility regarding NCLB requirements in…

Charter Schools: Recommended Changes for 2012

Efforts Underway to Strengthen 2010 Law In 2010, Governor Barbour signed into law one of the weakest charter school laws in the nation.  The law, which only allows for heavily-restricted “conversion charter schools,” is in need of several changes if charter schools are going to…

Race to the Top: Round 3 is Coming [UPDATED 7/11]

Third round of competition focuses on early childhood education. Mississippi may get another shot at Race to the Top! Congress approved $700M for a new round of Race to the Top in the FY2011 Budget deal this past April. The funds will be used to…

Bounds: Early Learning Essential

By CARMEN K. SISSON  The Dispatch–May 25, 2011 Education is the driving force behind economic development and the key to producing a stronger, more recession-proof Mississippi, state Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank Bounds told the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon at the Country Club of…

Mississippi Looks to Improve Education by Boosting Core Subject Standards

By Daniel Cherry  Mississippi Public Broadcasting–January 14, 2011 The Mississippi Department of Education is studying how to make some big changes to core subjects like Math and English. MPB’s Daniel Cherry reports how the changes could align Mississippi with other states. The program called Common…

Dept. of Justice Chides Court on Miss. Desegregation

By The Associated Press  Education Week–May 3, 2011 The Department of Justice said the federal court overseeing a desegregation case dating to the late 1960s against a Mississippi school district has not done the job of enforcing its diversity compliance. In a motion filed Monday,…