Are you aware that all Mississippi public schools use the Common Core standards?

Mississippi public schools’ test scores, as predicted by education leaders, declined statewide in results released Tuesday, reflecting a transition year in phasing-out one testing system and embracing the Common Core, a more rigorous statewide standard requiring more critical-thinking and writing. This year, 2014-2015, all state schools are using Common Core and students will be tested […]

During the 2003 gubernatorial campaign, Daily Journal Executive Editor Lloyd Gray made the decision we were going to travel with the candidates during the final days of their campaigns and do daily stories. It harkened back to old-style journalism when newspapers used to invest more on the daily activities of the candidates. I was assigned […]

More than 100,000 Americans, including an estimated 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan in full, hooded uniforms, were rounded up in a nationwide crackdown Tuesday by the federal Fashion Police and ordered to undergo conversion therapy. Those arrested were led fully clothed into specially built showers where they were doused with dyes representing a […]

he American Heart Association said Monday e-cigarettes should be treated as are all “tobacco” products delivering nicotine. Do you agree?

The Tupelo City Council’s ban on public use of e-cigarettes logically follows an older ban on regular cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking in public venues like bars, restaurants and other public places. The e-cigarette ban, which has drawn strong comments from proponents and opponents, makes an exception for use in stores making at least 50 […]

The school funds lawsuit former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is spearheading isn’t complicated. It’s simple litigation – a petition for a declaratory judgment. He and a cohort of attorneys will ask the court what “shall” means. If it means “must” or “not optional,” then the Legislature may have to cough up $1.5 billion for K-12 education. […]

Could a wealthy white man from Memphis have a plan that could help improve Natchez’s mostly black public schools? And, more important, does the man’s skin color or wealth actually matter? Those questions bubbled up last week after a seemingly successful commodities investor, Charlie McVean, came to Natchez with an idea for how to improve […]

Through the years, Tupelo leaders and community development experts across the nation have touted and studied what’s been called “the Tupelo way.” It’s shorthand for the consensus-building approach to improving the community that has set Tupelo apart from towns that are fragmented, factionalized and always fighting. It’s a solutions-oriented mind-set that puts the good of […]