By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Various sources indicate the powerful Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation might campaign for the legislative alternative that will be on the November general election ballot in direct competition with the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. When asked about the possibility, Greg Gipson, a spokesman for Farm Bureau, referred […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – As legislative leaders acted quickly last week to pass a proposal to place an alternative to the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative on the November ballot, they repeatedly said they were not trying to confuse voters, but only give them a better choice. At the moment, however, […]

The Legislature voted last week to place an alternative to the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative on the November ballot. It marked the first time the Legislature has ever offered such an alternative, resulting in numerous questions about how the process will work. The Secretary of State’s office said it needed more time to research the […]

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Ci Anna Roberts takes a practice science test at Lawndale Elementary during the 2013-14 school year. New tests being developed by PARCC will be given online. However, with Mississippi's withdrawal from PARCC on Friday, it is unclear whether the state's future tests will also be given on computers.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Mississippi withdrew on Friday from a multiple state consortium formed to create tests that measure how well students master the Common Core State Standards. The state now begins its search for a new test unencumbered by its association with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, after […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – The Corinth School District is taking the next step in its communitywide literacy initiative by hosting a Corinth Literacy Summit next week. The event is planned for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at Corinth Elementary School. The event is free and everyone in the community is encouraged […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – The Mississippi Community College Board remained at an impasse in its search for a new executive director Friday, amid growing accusations that Gov. Phil Bryant has improperly intervened. Bryant denies any improper action. After failing to choose a candidate following interviews in December, Board Chairman Bruce Martin of […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – President Obama likely will use next week’s State of the Union address to give more details about his recent proposal to provide free community college. Leaders from a region that already has its own community college tuition guarantee program will be watching closely. In an announcement last Friday, […]

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – No one ever doubted Chickasaw County Schools would rise from the ashes of a devastating fire that destroyed the historic Houlka High School this past summer. The question was just when and what the new building would look like. Chickasaw County School Board trustees have not finalized a […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that “the public is smarter than most people might believe” and it’s wrong for people to suggest Mississippi voters might be confused by having two education funding proposals on November’s ballot. “I think one of the things that is condescending is […]