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 TUPELO – Mississippi schools face larger class sizes and aging infrastructure because of cuts to state funding, school leaders said on Monday. The superintendents of the Tupelo, Lee County and Nettleton school districts were among the speakers at the Mississippi Association of Educators’ “Strengthen Our Schools” event at Tupelo City […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Parkway Elementary students will be helping to keep the city clean while also learning about science. The kindergarten to second-grade school announced its new “Parkway Goes Green” program during a ceremony on Monday morning. Its 440 students will focus on picking up and recycling litter both on campus […]

By Chris Kieffer and Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Normalcy has not yet returned for Jennie Buskirk-Cox. But she can see it every time she opens the door of the 28-foot-long Starcraft AR One trailer where she now resides on her Jean Circle property off Old Saltillo Road in Lee County with her grandson and […]

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 […]