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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core: New math isn’t new

There are a lot of complaints from parents about the Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, for short. Interestingly, many of the complaints are about the elementary school math. The CCSS is basically the list of what understandings students are to have by the end of the given grade level. The controversy mostly surrounds the […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core: Teach it, test it

Parents have started to talk to me about the work their children are doing in school, which is a good thing! The other day a parent showed me reading worksheet for 1st graders. The worksheet had a reading passage on the front with questions on the back. The passage was about 10 sentences, with a […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core targets future jobs

I hope by now that my message in these columns is clear. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are not the work of the devil, and not directly, at least, the work of the federal government to bring down states’ rights. The CCSS is a list of standards that tells teachers the concepts and skills […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core; Do the math

The Common Core State Standards are still the focus of debate of many politicians. Some argue that it is federal government interfering in state education. For the most part those allegations lost traction at the state level through failed court battles. But contention remains within both political parties. Although it seems that it is predominantly […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core: Prepared for education anywhere

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are in effect now, this school year, for all children in kindergarten through twelfth grade in English/Language Arts and Mathematics in Mississippi. These standards give the “what.” What are students to learn in third grade math? Or, what are students to learn about arguing a position in a persuasive […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core’s influence has just begun

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted by 42 states, most in the year 2010. The CCSS consists of lists of concepts and skills in language arts and mathematics that students are to master by the end of each grade level from kindergarten through 12th grade. They were written by teams of writers- […]

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CUNNINGHAM: Common Core linked to federal dollars

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of columns explaining Common Core State Standards and how they came about.   The fastest way to get action is to offer up some dollars. This is true even when the usually slow running cogs of government are involved. And, this is what happened when the […]

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CUNNINGHAM: Developing Common Core standards

As stated last week, we learned that state departments of education, in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) provides teachers with lists of standards, the information, skills and concepts students should know by the end of the year. Teachers develop the curriculum, or the lessons, homework, field trips, and projects that help students learn […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: What is Common Core?

This is the first in a series of columns explaining Mississippi’s shift in public school education practices The “Common Core” has been a highlight in the news, the halls of government and the newsfeed on Facebook with growing frequency as the school year it is to be implemented draws near. Rumors abound about these standards […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Good morning Chickasaw County

I enjoy visiting with you like this. In this day and age of immediate electronic media and 24-hour news it’s still neat to sit down at a keyboard and talk with the people who read the Chickasaw Journal. I’ve always felt radio yaks, television blares and the internet will carry you many places you don’t […]

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Camping for fun and education

EUPORA – Children of America and Youth Fest held summer camp June 26-29 at Kamp Kumbaya in Eupora where the campers had a chance to enjoy many educational and fun activities. There were a total of 40 campers and 15 staff members. Campers participated in a reading contest, math contest, Spanish challenge, arts and crafts, […]

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State superintendent, Board confirm support for Common Core

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi Board of Education Chair Wayne Gann of Corinth and state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright issued statements Friday defending the enactment of national Common Core academic standards after Gov. Phil Bryant called them “a failed program.” In a statement released Friday, Gann, the former superintendent […]

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McDaniel campaigns in Houston

HOUSTON – Senatorial candidate Chris McDaniel is trying to visit ten towns a day in his campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Senator Thad Cochran, and Thursday, one of those stops was Houston. McDaniel dropped in Moore’s Restaurant in Houston and worked the room shaking hands and sitting down in booths with those eating breakfast, asking […]

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Reeves: Charter law should allow children to cross district lines

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s lieutenant governor would like to amend the state’s new charter school law. Tate Reeves was among the primary forces behind the 2013 state law that allowed Mississippi’s first charter schools. For it to truly have an impact, he said on Wednesday, it must be changed to allow […]

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