This op-ed originally appeared in the Clarion-Ledger on April 26, 2020. Life never seems to follow a straight line. Six months ago, the Mississippi economy was moving along and all signs pointed to new — read, unallocated — money in the budget for the 2020 legislative session. At last, Mississippi would have money for all…Read More →
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Today’s students not only must measure up to their hometown peers; they must also compete against students across the state, the country, and the world. Since 2008, we have been leading a charge to make Mississippi first in education nationally, and we are finally seeing signs of success in the national data.See Our Impact
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, at a Special Called Meeting on March 26, 2020, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted on a number of temporary measures intended to grant current teachers and teacher candidates considerable flexibility in gaining entry to educator preparation programs (EPPs) as well as applying for…Read More →
Updated on 3/12/2020 at 12:30 PM CST: The Senate voted unanimously to pass SB2864 on March 4, 2020. It has now been transmitted to the House. Today, the Senate Education Committee voted to extend the Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program and remove the requirement that the program be administered in conjunction with the Federal National…Read More →