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Testing time

HOUSTON – Students at Houston schools started taking a series of state-mandated tests at the end of March and it won’t let up until next month. The Houston School Board heard reports from principals and administrators about the high-stakes testing schedule the district faces at all schools as the 2014-15 school year winds down and […]

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MAEP funding sent to governor $211M short

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state Senate rejected a proposal to phase in full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program over a three-year period and instead sent to Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that increases funding for education by $110 million. The Senate proposal, which passed the House earlier […]

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SONNY SCOTT: The trouble with education . . .

It is comforting to have a cultural anchor giving a sense of continuity with the past. Give thanks, Dear Hearts, here in Mississippi we have our legislature. We may ridicule it, but perhaps we underestimate it. They have their moments—none more shining than the recent dispensation of the “Common Core” controversy. “You don’t like Common […]

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Congressman Nunnelee dies at home

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Congressman Alan Nunnelee, who battled brain cancer and the effects of a stroke for eight months, died today at his home, surrounded by family members. The 56-year-old Nunnelee had been in home hospice care since Jan. 26, when he returned home from North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo […]

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Legislature faces possible high-profile issues

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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Common Core politics have changed since adoption

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 […]

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Solar farm shines in Chickasaw County

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 […]

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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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