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 […]

Messages on graduates' mortarboards at 2014 spring commencement exercises at the University of Mississippi, above, and Mississippi State University, below, expressed excitement and relief. Only 48 percent of Mississippi university students graduate in four years, and higher education leaders want to improve that figure.

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi’s public universities are stressing the importance of their students completing their undergraduate work in four years. According to the state Institutions of Higher Learning office, 48 percent of the students at the eight public universities are graduating in four years. Recently, the eight student body […]

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 Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – The Corinth School District has launched a comprehensive literacy effort to have “Every Child Ready to Read” by kindergarten. The first in a series of six parent involvement sessions in Corinth will be held beginning Monday. Right now programs are scheduled to be held twice on […]

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The New Albany Marching Band Color Guard walks onto the field before their performance Saturday at the MHSAA Region I Marching Band Festival at Tupelo High School.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The MHSAA Region 1 Marching Band Festival might have been delayed a week, but it didn’t affect the 27 competing bands. “It’s been a great day,” said event organizer and Tupelo High School band director Tim Matlock. “The weather was fantastic. I haven’t heard anything but compliments and […]

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 […]

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Saltillo Primary School students enjoy a duck race at one of the stations during Friday's Field Day at the Lee County Agri-Center.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal VERONA – About 300 Saltillo Primary School first-graders learned how involved farming is in their everyday life at the Lee County Agri-Center for its annual Field Day. Turns out, they have a lot to thank Old MacDonald for. The day started with a video showing how from the time students […]

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 […]