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Mitch Baker, national secretary of Future Farmers of America, leads Nettleton High School students in a team-building exercise on Monday.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NETTLETON – Lacey Robinett “murdered” a classmate at Nettleton High School on Monday. Robinett and more than 100 members of the school’s Future Farmers of America played a team-building game during an assembly. “It was fun just going around and people not knowing who the killer was,” said Robinett, […]

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 Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says his office is preparing to defend the state against a school funding lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, a fellow Democrat. As the state’s official attorney, part of the job of the attorney general is to defend the state […]

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 […]

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First-graders, including Rachel Humphrey, 6, center, laugh as their classmates try on various masks during a traveling trunk lesson about African art on Thursday afternoon in Laura Russell’s classroom at Joyner Elementary School. The masks were provided by the University of Mississippi Museum.

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 […]