By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The 2015 session of the Mississippi Legislature, which starts Tuesday, will not be lacking for high-profile issues that could cause conflict and hard feelings this election year. Among the issues that could be contentious are: • A possible tax cut. • Additional funding for education. • […]
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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal When Mississippi adopted the Common Core State Standards four years ago, there was little fanfare. The new guidelines for English and math instruction were not a political talking point during the summer of 2010. Nationally, there was much more discussion about the BP oil spill, the new health care law […]
CHICKASAW COUNTY – It was a sunny day Wednesday in Chickasaw County as dirt was turned on a new 30-acre, $9 million solar farm south of Okolona. State and local officials gathered for a groundbreaking for Commodore Solar Farm that will see 9,804 solar panels track the Sun and glean enough energy from it to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Education plans to seek grants from the federal government worth up to $15 million a year for four years to expand an existing pre-kindergarten program. That money could boost Mississippi’s fledgling effort to provide state-paid preschool for 4-year-olds. Supporters had hoped lawmakers would expand […]
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 […]
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- […]
The Mississippi Department of Education has released the scores from the state MCT-2 assessments Mississippi students took last spring. However, because the tests measured a set of standards that most districts did not teach, those results are fairly meaningless. The test scores from one district to the next do not represent an apples-to-apples comparison. Some […]
By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Marian Schutte, an official with Louisiana’s Recovery School District, is likely to be the first executive director of Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board. The board voted 5-0 Thursday to hire Schutte, pending approval by the state Personnel Board. Schutte has handled charter school authorization and monitoring for the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Parents and guardians are reminded that school starts next week. Houston schools start Wednesday, Aug. 6. Chickasaw County schools in Houlka begin class Wednesday, Aug. 6. Okolona schools begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11. Houston will host open house from 4 to 7 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 5. Parents should contact individual school for the […]
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