By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – A group of lawyers including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is traveling around Mississippi trying to get school districts to sign up for lawsuits against the state seeking payment of the $1.5 billion that the state had underfunded its K-12 school formula since Fiscal Year 2010. Backers of a […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo High School seniors can earn a new distinction when they graduate next May. Hoping to increase the number of students who take Advanced Placement courses, the school has created an advanced studies diploma. To qualify, students must have 28 credits – two more than are required for […]

Summer vacation is winding down and school will resume in Northeast Mississippi communities next week. Tupelo’s first classes are Aug. 4 while Lee County students go back to school on Aug. 7. Raleigh Bass, language arts academic coach at Shannon Elementary School (grades 3-5), answered questions from Daily Journal education reporter Chris Kieffer about the […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School will hold final examinations over fewer days this year. It also will host field days or other activities on those days as an incentive for students who are exempt from those exams to still come to school. Both efforts are attempts to increase enrollment during […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – “Forrest Gump” might be too advanced for 10-year-olds to read, but they are still learning lessons from it. Lisa Reed and Bonnie Webb, part of the mayor’s task force on education, brought this year’s Tupelo Reads selection to the Haven Acres Boys & Girls Club this week. “It’s […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal STARKVILLE – For the past three weeks, William Johnson and 55 other students have written, produced and staged a musical. The high school students and recent graduates are participating in the annual Summer Scholars Onstage camp held at Mississippi State University. Their original play, “Partlynormal Activity,” will be staged this […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Sixth– to 12th-grade students in Tupelo will again be able to use district-provided computers during the upcoming school year. Or they can use one of their own. The district will expand its optional Bring Your Own Device program, Assistant Superintendent Kim Britton said during Tuesday’s School Board meeting. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District is proposing a $97.8 million budget that will not require a tax increase. District leaders presented their budget for the upcoming school year during a public hearing Tuesday at Hancock Leadership Center. The district’s school board is expected to vote upon it during […]

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Parkway Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jennifer Mathis works with incoming kindergartners during a summer program designed to introduce them to the school. More Mississippi kindergartners are entering school with the experience of having attended pre-K, according to a new report.

By Chris Kieffer and Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Despite making gains in health and education, Mississippi fell back into the bottom spot in the annual Kids Count Report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation today released this year’s ranking of overall child well-being. It measures data related to economic well-being, education, health and family and […]