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,…

Educators Say Mississippi is Missing Out on Pre-K Education

By Danial Cherry  The Mississippi Public Broadcasting–April 7, 2011 Mississippi is the only state in the South which does not have a state sponsored early childhood education program. MPB’s Daniel Cherry reports on what Pre K education could mean for Mississippi and how head start…

Study Finds High Dropout Rates for Black Males in KIPP Schools

By Mary Ann Zahr Education Week–March 31, 2011 KIPP charter middle schools enroll a significantly higher proportion of African-American students than the local school districts they draw from, but 40 percent of the black males they enroll leave between grades 6 and 8, says a…

Federal and State Education Spending

Lily Eskelsen  C-SPAN | Washington Journal–March 14, 2011 Lily Eskelsen talked about the effects of budgetary cutbacks on teachers and students as well as the impact of union negotiations on the education system. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo…