Slight dip on state high school tests

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The percentage of students who passed state tests given to Mississippi high-schoolers fell slightly this...

By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON – The U.S. Department of Education will give Mississippi nearly $55,000 to help pay the costs of low-income high school students taking Advanced Placement and other exams that could help them earn college credit after accelerated high school classes. The money comes at a time when the number of […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Toyota Wellspring Advisory Committee will host three forums next week to discuss the need to improve career awareness and readiness in public schools. The forums will be held in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties Monday-Aug. 20. They are open to the public, as leaders are interested in […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal JACKSON – Danny Spreitler, executive director of the Monroe County Gilmore Foundation in Amory, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday to serve on the State Board of Education. Bryant also appointed Johnny Franklin of Bolton. Each will serve unexpired terms of outgoing members, and both appointments must be […]

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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal JACKSON – Danny Spreitler, executive director of the Monroe County Gilmore Foundation, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday to serve on the State Board of Education. Bryant also appointed Johnny Franklin to the board on Tuesday. Each will serve unexpired terms of outgoing members. “I am thrilled both […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – If work proceeds as planned, Mooreville Middle School could have a new administration building by this time next year. The Lee County School District held a meeting at Mooreville High on Monday night to discuss construction projects on that school’s campus that will result from last summer’s passage […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal VERONA – The head of a state organization for educators wants teachers to receive a larger pay raise. Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, said Monday she would like to see at least another $2,500 added to teachers’ base pay, on top of the $2,500 approved by […]

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Jayden Jennings, 5, a kindergartener in Anna Braylock's class at Shannon Primary School, leads the class line as they practice moving around the school on their first day Thursday.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SHANNON – Tre Patterson awakened at 5 on Thursday morning. His mother, Mineka Vance, took the 7-year-old to breakfast at McDonald’s, but Tre wanted to get his food to-go, so he could get to Shannon Primary School more quickly. “I’m excited about being in second grade,” he said. Mostly, Tre […]

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Parker Easterwood, 14, makes his way past the fenced-off remains of the Houlka Attendance Center to his first day of school on Wednesday.

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The school bell rang sharply at 8 a.m. Wednesday and children filed into classrooms at Chickasaw County schools exactly one week after fire destroyed fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms. The blackened remains of the Houlka Attendance Center were fenced off to keep students out of the old school building […]