Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

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

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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal For Verona barber Paul Collier, a career was launched by a good deed. The owner of Hair Artists Barber/Style Shop was 17 when he volunteered to help a cousin with four young sons. “He couldn’t afford to take them to the barber shop, so I started cutting their hair to […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A poet from New Orleans will spend the next two weeks in Tupelo as part of the annual artist residency program. This year’s guest is Asia Rainey, whose work includes spoken-word poetry, music, theater, television and films. She will be in Tupelo from Jan. 27 to Feb. 7 […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SHANNON – Shannon Middle School students watched as images of the sun, moon, stars and planets moved across an enclosed dome above them. After learning about the solar system, the school’s approximately 300 students got to see it without even leaving campus. That’s because the mobile planetarium from the University […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School eighth-grader Maria Kaltchenko will vie for her third consecutive Lee County spelling championship next week. Maria, 12, who also reached the semifinals of last summer’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, will be among six contestants at the county event. Featuring the top three finishers from the […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal CORINTH – As it increases its efforts to improve the critical reading, writing and thinking skills of its students, the Corinth School District is seeking community help. That includes volunteers to read to children, groups to organize literacy-themed events and doctors to participate in a program that provides books to […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo High School English teacher April Friar has a reputation for demanding the best of her students. On Tuesday, she was recognized as the Tupelo School District’s Teacher of the Year. Friar was presented with the award during a School Board meeting at the Hancock Leadership Center. She […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District is now eying Aug. 4 for the start of next school year, according to a draft of its calendar released on Tuesday. The draft is still preliminary and could be changed before the final version is approved by the School Board, likely next […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Last month, Mississippi was denied a large federal grant that could have dramatically enhanced its early-childhood education landscape. In citing its reasons for rejecting Mississippi’s request to receive $60 million over four years, the U.S. Department of Education noted the state’s scarcity of pre-K funding, among other factors. “I think […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Mississippi withdrew on Friday from a multiple state consortium formed to create tests that measure how well students master the Common Core State Standards. The state now begins its search for a new test unencumbered by its association with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, after […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – President Obama likely will use next week’s State of the Union address to give more details about his recent proposal to provide free community college. Leaders from a region that already has its own community college tuition guarantee program will be watching closely. In an announcement last Friday, […]