By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School eighth-grader Maria Kaltchenko will vie for her third consecutive Lee County spelling championship next week. Maria, 12, who also reached the semifinals of last summer’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, will be among six contestants at the county event. Featuring the top three finishers from the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The phrase “Common Core” would be removed from state law under legislation that passed the Mississippi House 95-21 Thursday, but that does not mean the Common Core academic standards would be replaced. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, said time and again Thursday as the […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal CORINTH – As it increases its efforts to improve the critical reading, writing and thinking skills of its students, the Corinth School District is seeking community help. That includes volunteers to read to children, groups to organize literacy-themed events and doctors to participate in a program that provides books to […]

MAYHEW (AP) – East Mississippi Community College president Rick Young will retire June 30. Young has been president of the north Mississippi junior college since 2004. Young’s career spans 42 years in education. He has worked at EMCC team for 40 of those years. Kathy Dyess, chairwoman of the EMCC Board of Trustees, says in […]

April Friar, teaches one of her English classes Tuesday afternoon at Tupelo High School. Earlier in the day she was named teacher of the year for the Tupelo Public School District.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo High School English teacher April Friar has a reputation for demanding the best of her students. On Tuesday, she was recognized as the Tupelo School District’s Teacher of the Year. Friar was presented with the award during a School Board meeting at the Hancock Leadership Center. She […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District is now eying Aug. 4 for the start of next school year, according to a draft of its calendar released on Tuesday. The draft is still preliminary and could be changed before the final version is approved by the School Board, likely next […]


Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo School Board extended Superintendent Gearl Loden’s contract by a year on Tuesday. As part of the board’s evaluation process, the move keeps a fourth year on the contract, which is the longest term allowed by state law. The deal now runs through June 30, 2019. “It is our way […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Last month, Mississippi was denied a large federal grant that could have dramatically enhanced its early-childhood education landscape. In citing its reasons for rejecting Mississippi’s request to receive $60 million over four years, the U.S. Department of Education noted the state’s scarcity of pre-K funding, among other factors. “I think […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves announced a far-ranging legislative agenda Monday, including providing more money for education, eliminating Common Core academic standards, creating a blue ribbon commission to look at changes in the state’s mental health system and eliminating the vehicle inspection sticker program. Most of the […]