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 TUPELO – Derek Markley’s first visit to Tupelo did not come at the most opportune time. The new executive director of the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo and Booneville campuses had his job interview with the school scheduled for late April. Two days before he arrived, Tupelo was struck by an […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Joyner Elementary teacher Caren Barber felt inspired on Friday afternoon. She had just joined a group of 24 Tupelo Public School District educators who received the prestigious “Teacher of Distinction” award. Rather than resting on her success, however, she talked about wanting to become even better. “It validates […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Tupelo High School senior Nick Kaltchenko has received many congratulatory messages since officially being named a National Merit Semifinalist last week. Kaltchenko was among 12 Northeast Mississippi students to earn the prestigious honor from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Based upon scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal JACKSON – Five more Mississippi school districts have joined a lawsuit against the state over school funding. Greene County, Humphreys County, Leland, North Bolivar and West Bolivar join the 14 school districts who initially filed the suit last month. Filed on their behalf by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, the suit […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – For Tupelo students, there are nine discipline offenses not like the others. The school district this year has created a list of “non-negotiable” infractions that are deemed more serious than other infractions. Students who commit them will be sent directly to the alternative school – or in some […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Community college enrollment fell this year statewide, according to data released this week by the Mississippi Community College Board. The state’s 15 community colleges are reporting a combined preliminary enrollment of 76,266 students. That is down 1.8 percent from last year. Enrollment has surged, however, at Northeast Community College, which […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A class of Joyner Elementary first-graders will get an extensive geography lesson this year. Laura Russell’s students will travel “Around the World in 26 Letters.” They will study a different location each week to correspond with a different letter of the alphabet. “I wanted to bring the world […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Enrollment has decreased slightly in the Tupelo Public School District this year, but it has exceeded the district’s initial projections. Through Aug. 29, the district had 7,056 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, a drop of 52 students compared to the same time last year. That is […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal New Albany High School and Itawamba AHS were recognized by Newsweek magazine as top schools for low-income students. In addition to naming the nation’s top 500 high schools, Newsweek also recognized 500 schools who “beat the odds” and performed better statistically than expected for their level of poverty. Schools were […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Enrollment across Mississippi’s eight public universities grew slightly this year, according to data released on Wednesday. Those eight universities have a total of 79,909 students, an increase of 871 students, or 1.1 percent. The data was released by the state Institutions of Higher Learning. The preliminary enrollment figures are unduplicated […]