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Asia Rainey works with seventh-graders at Tupelo Middle School on finding their voice in their writing on Wednesday. Rainey, a poet and spoken-word artist from New Orleans, is this year's guest in the artist residency program.

Artist urges students to find voice

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A visiting artist is trying to help Tupelo Middle School students develop their personal voices....


By William Moore Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Trial dates have been set for three separate wrongful termination lawsuits against two area school districts. Former Aberdeen High School basketball coach Roy Hazzle accuses the Aberdeen School District of discriminating against him because of both his race and his age, 60, when he was let go in […]

JACKSON (AP) – Assistant teachers could see a $1,000 pay raise under a plan moving forward in the House. The House Education Committee approved House Bill 582 Wednesday, which would raise the employees’ yearly salary to $14,000 a year from $13,000 a year. The committee originally considered a $500 increase, but agreed on $1,000. With […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – On a day that a returning special-needs scholarship bill cleared its first legislative hurdle, Rep. Nick Bain, D-Corinth, introduced another proposal to provide help with the education of special-needs children. Bain said Tuesday his proposal would provide transparency in terms of funding for special education students […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Two Lee County residents were among 45 Mississippi high school seniors nominated for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholar program. Tupelo High School’s Haley Cook and Belden resident Kimya Jamasbi were among the group invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for the distinction. Kimya attends Mississippi School for […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Lawmakers are pushing forward multiple options meant to help special education students, as a reprise of last year’s fight over vouchers for special education students looms. Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2695, which give $7,000 in state money to the parent of any Mississippi special […]

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Tupelo School District Response to Intervention Coordinator Amy Ferguson leads a final training on Monday for the school district's 37 new intervention teachers. The educators will work in small groups with struggling students and assist classroom teachers.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Amal Musa became a social worker to assist others. She now finds herself on the front line of the Tupelo School District’s latest strategy for helping struggling students. The school district used federal funds to hire 37 new intervention teachers last month. Those aids will be spread throughout […]

By Regina Butler Pontotoc Progress PONTOTOC – After years of hoping and looking for monies to provide schools with a safe place to go in the event of a tornado, Pontotoc County Emergency Management Director Rickey Jaggers said monies have been approved by FEMA for tornado shelters to be built at the North Pontotoc and […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are voicing strong support for a program that would provide state funds for parents of special-needs children to pursue education options other than the public schools. “When only 22.5 percent of special-needs children graduate from high school, […]

My son hates Common Core. He’s a 12-year-old middle-schooler who complains about having too much homework and having too many tests. So far, he’s an almost all-A student. He does have a stubborn B in math. I joke with him that Asians are supposed to be good with math. He doesn’t ask me for much […]