Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer is the Education writer at The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | DJournal.com | Education Matters

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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The two lawmakers who set the tone for Mississippi education policy will join Lee County legislators next week to share their vision for the state’s schools. The “Eyes on Education” forum will be held on Tuesday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Helen Foster Auditorium of the Lee […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Attending the University of Mississippi seemed like a natural fit for Trentice Imbler. So did accepting an invitation to become president of the university’s alumni association. “I was always taught you give back,” said the Tupelo State Farm agent, who began her one-year term in that office on […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Public officials and school leaders will host a forum in Tupelo on Monday focused on the importance of fully funding the state’s schools. The Mississippi Association of Educators and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton will co-sponsor the “Strengthen Our Schools” event. It will be held at Tupelo City Hall […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Most Northeast Mississippi school districts saw a decline in their graduation rates, according to the most recent data. The Mississippi Department of Education released on Friday graduation, completion and dropout rates for the state’s schools and districts. The four-year data is for students who entered as freshmen in fall 2009 […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Eighteen of Northeast Mississippi’s 32 school districts earned an “A” or “B” letter grade, thanks in large part to a waiver that allowed them to keep their ranking from 2013. The Mississippi Department of Education released letter-grade rankings this morning for the state’s schools and districts. They are based on […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District will keep its “B” letter-grade ranking from the state, with three of its schools earning an “A.” The Mississippi Department of Education released letter-grade rankings for schools and districts today. Those rankings are pending approval today from the State Board of Education. Tupelo […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County School District kept its “C” ranking, and added an “A” school. Saltillo High School earned the “A” rating for the second time in three years. The district did not have an “A” school last year. The Mississippi Department of Education released letter-grade rankings for schools […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Slightly more than two years after entering a district engulfed in community turmoil, Tupelo Superintendent Gearl Loden was named Mississippi’s Superintendent of the Year. Loden received the honor from the Mississippi Association of School Administrators. He was informed of it in a surprise announcement during Tuesday night’s school […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District is trying to build new tornado safe rooms on four of its campuses. If it is successful in receiving a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, one of those structures also could become a new high school gymnasium. The grant would pay […]

Monday afternoon’s forecast of severe weather has prompted Northeast Mississippi Community College and Itawamba Community College to cancel Monday evening classes on each of their campuses. The University of Mississippi’s Tupelo and Booneville campuses also have cancelled Monday afternoon and evening classes. Check back to DJournal.com for more weather-related cancellations as they become available.