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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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Mississippi aims to apply for federal preschool grant

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 […]

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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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NANCY LOOME: Parents must support kids, schools

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 […]

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Charter school board votes to hire Schutte

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 […]

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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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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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School start dates

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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Let’s hear it for EARS!

HOU STON – A community concerned about a new state requirement that all third graders must be able to read at a third grade level or fail has prompted Houston to graduate 32 kids from a summer reading program. EARS (Educational Awareness Resource Service) hosted graduation ceremonies – complete with diplomas, ice cream and hotdogs […]

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Houston Solar Car team wins 14th Solar Challenge

HOUSTON – For the 14th year in a row the Houston Solar Car Team has gone to Texas and beaten every other high school solar car team in the nation. Sundancer, the name of the Houston solar vehicle, crossed the Solar Challenge finish line in Austin, Texas, on Thursday afternoon with an unofficial 120-mile lead […]

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Better Schools petitions available

HOUSTON – There are those who would like to see public education, and especially funding for public education, go away. But there are also those who want to see the state honor it commitment to education and they have drawn up a petition that could prompt the Legislature to fully fun public school districts across […]

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