School reports STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University will welcome former Massachusetts governor and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to campus on Jan. 28 to take part in its Global Lecture Series. Romney will be the featured speaker during the 6 p.m. free public lecture in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. A moderated question-and-answer session will follow […]

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Tupelo Middle School seventh-grader Rahul Dey, 13, works on his "Hour of Code" activity as part of a global initiative to introduce students to computer science.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School students are getting an introduction to computer science this week. The school is among hundreds around the world participating in “Hour of Code,” an initiative designed to interest more elementary and middle school students in the field. After an introduction to computer code on Monday, […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Mississippi has missed out on its share of $250 million in federal money to expand its fledgling prekindergarten program. The state applied for the money in October, asking as much as $60 million over four years to boost a state-paid […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo students would begin school on Aug. 3 next year under a draft of its school calendar that was released on Tuesday. The draft is still preliminary and could be changed before the final version is approved, likely in February. The district will seek input on the current […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Public School District employees will be able to receive scholarships to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo campus. The school district signed an agreement with UM-Tupelo on Tuesday that will provide a $750 discount per semester for its employees who either haven’t finished […]

JACKSON – A federal appeals panel has ordered a former Mississippi school superintendent to pay a $75,000 lump sum restitution in a bribery case. Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin is serving a 76-month sentence for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use a reading program for children. He […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Facing a lawsuit over education funding and the possibility of a citizen-sponsored initiative on the 2015 election ballot designed to enhance education funding, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said recently he will be working during the upcoming legislative session to put more money into public schools. Reeves […]

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Breaundra Perkins, left, Abegel Melendez and Bryce Mullins use school laptops as they work together on a project on Wednesday afternoon in Leanna Walker's oral communications class at Shannon High School. The school recently expanded their open Wi-Fi network, allowing students to access the Internet in the classroom on school-provided devices or their own personal devices.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SHANNON – Students sat in groups of three in Leanna Walker’s classroom at Shannon High School on Wednesday researching facts to support speeches they were crafting. Their task was to create a new charity and make a presentation explaining it. Each pupil sat behind a school-owned laptop while doing the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The chairs of the two Education committees in the Mississippi Legislature – Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, and Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford – have expressed support for the Common Core academic standards in the past. Both said recently they didn’t anticipate any major changes to Common Core […]