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 […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Top-tier Mississippi private-sector leaders and the Mississippi Economic Council have quietly joined forces with two of the state’s universities to lay the groundwork for a major transportation initiative in 2016, MEC President Blake Wilson said Friday. Wilson, who led the fourth of this week’s MEC regional meetings in […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi will get its second charter school. The state’s Charter School Advisory Board voted Friday to approve an application by Midtown Partners, a Jackson community group that plans to open a middle school serving up to 220 students in grades 5-8. The board lauded the school’s plan to […]

Teachers Itaska Rosamond, from left, of Starkville, and Carolyn Beasley and Marrion Winders of Tupelo were among the six inductees into the Mississippi Hall for Master Teachers on Thursdady. (Mississippi University for Women)

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal COLUMBUS – Three Northeast Mississippi educators were among the inductees into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers on Thursday. They were among six educators who were recognized during a ceremony at Mississippi University for Women, which houses the hall. This year’s honorees included Tupelo teachers Carolyn Beasley and Marrion Winders […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SHANNON – A car rear-ended a Lee County school bus on Thursday afternoon, but the eight students on the bus were not injured, Lee County School District Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said. The condition of the car’s driver was not immediately known. The accident happened as the bus was pulling into […]

Daily Journal OXFORD – Due to demand, the University of Mississippi School of Law has moved the visit of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan to a new location. The session now will take place on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on […]

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Saltillo Primary School students eat lunch on Wednesday in the new cafeteria expansion at the school. The school held a dedication ceremony on Wednesday for the new construction projects emerging from a July 2013 bond issue.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SALTILLO – Saltillo Primary students now have new space to eat, exercise and learn. The Lee County School District on Wednesday officially dedicated newly completed construction projects at the kindergarten to second-grade school that resulted from the $13.5 million bond issue passed in July 2013. Those projects at Saltillo Primary […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi should change its academic goals even if the public schools superintendent wants to stick with the Common Core standards that have been put in place over the past several years, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday. “What the superintendent needs to understand is that she’s not […]

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Eighth-graders at Guntown Middle School study a mock crime scene on the school's campus. They will use clues to determine who murdered the victim.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal GUNTOWN – Guntown Middle School’s eighth-graders are trying to determine who “murdered” one of their teachers. They walk past the “dead body” as they change classes and look for clues throughout the school. Since early November, roughly 300 students have been engaged in a large crime scene investigation project. It […]