By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal A food service employee has sued the Tupelo School District, claiming she was discriminated against because she is gay. Peggy Hurley filed her complaint in federal court against the school district, child nutrition director Lynne Rogers and co-worker Judy Stark. The lawsuit, which was filed last week and represents only […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Attorney General Jim Hood has been granted additional time to respond on behalf of the state to a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to force the state to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Hood’s deadline to file the response was Monday before […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot. State law says they must turn in at least 107,216 […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo educators do not use a student’s race as a factor in administering discipline, Assistant Superintendent Kim Britton said Friday. The school district on Thursday reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to ensure nondiscrimination in the district’s discipline policies and procedures. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday an agreement with the Tupelo Public School District to ensure nondiscrimination in the district’s discipline policies. The USDE’s Office for Civil Rights had launched an investigation into the district discipline practices in April 2011. That came after district leaders had […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – The New Albany School District is seeking input as it updates the district’s goals. The district has begun creating a new strategic plan to replace the one it wrote in 2006. As part of that process, it is asking parents, teachers and staff to complete a five-minute […]

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Mississippi first lady Deborah Bryant visited  Tupelo's Lawhon Elementary School on Monday to read a book to students as part of her "Read Across Mississippi" campaign. Her visit is part of a two-day tour to several schools in Northeast Mississippi.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s First Lady has nearly completed her mission to read to students in each of the state’s 82 counties. On Monday, Deborah Bryant read the book “The Fib: A Wordy Tale” to two classes of second graders at Tupelo’s Lawhon Elementary, marking the 73rd county she has visited. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The leaders of Mississippi’s legislative education committees do not expect dramatic changes to be made to the Common Core State Standards in the 2015 legislative session. The Common Core is a new set of guidelines for math and language arts instruction designed to be more rigorous and to better prepare […]

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Derek Markley began in August as the executive director of the University of Mississippi's Tupelo and Booneville campuses, replacing Jim Pate, who retired. He wants to strengthen partnerships with area community colleges, explore adding programs and look at ways to make tuition more affordable.

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 […]