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Citizens Call for Transparency in mississippi Consolidation Recommendations

...This article appeared in the May 2010 Rural Policy Matters. This winter mississippi Governor Haley Barbour appointed a panel, the Commission on mississippi Education Structure, to make recommendations for closing school districts in that state. Barbour indicated he would like to see a reduction of the state’s 152 districts to about 100, claiming the reduction would save the state millions of dollars. Using donations from the National Governor’s Association, the Appalachian Regional...
Date: 2010-05-26

Commission Formed to Recommend Consolidation in mississippi

...: Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, embroiled in a battle over education funding cuts (see “Education Spending…”), has formed a commission to set up standards and priorities for the State Board of Education to use to select school districts to consolidate.   In announcing the formation of the Commission on mississippi Education Structure, Barbour declared that the state&r...
Date: 2010-01-28

DOJ Investigation Finds mississippi County Court, Police Department and Youth Services Operating School-to-Prison Pipeline

...y require registration or expire over time. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has accused three mississippi agencies of operating a school-to-prison pipeline and warned them to begin “meaningful negotiations” with DOJ within 60 days or face a federal lawsuit. An investigation that began in December found that Meridian, mississippi students were being arrested without adequate assessment of probable cause, were denied due process in youth court and probation actions, and were exp...
Date: 2012-08-28

Good Rural High School Case Study: Shaw High School, Shaw, mississippi

...d Good Rural High School Rubrics for Observations and Assessment to analyze Shaw High School, Shaw, mississippi against the following principles: Principle 1. Curriculum and Instruction. Students do sustained academic work that draws upon and contributes to the place in which they live. Content and strategies are rigorous, authentic and expansive, engaging every student in a personalized learning environment at the highest level of his or her capabilities and preparing each child well for co...
Date: 2004-07-01

Meridian mississippi Officials Sued by Department of Justice for Operating "School to Prison Pipeline"

...ment of Justice (DOJ) has filed suit against a number of agencies in Meridian and Lauderdale County mississippi charging that they are operating a “school to prison pipeline.” DOJ conducted an extensive investigation and gave the agencies 60 days to cooperate or face legal action. The DOJ charges that students are handcuffed and arrested in school for minor infractions, held for as many as 48 hours without a hearing, and sent to youth court without proper legal representation. Many ...
Date: 2012-10-29

mississippi Commission Will Issue Consolidation Report

...This article appeared in the June 2010 Rural Policy Matters. The Commission on mississippi Education Structure is finalizing its report on district consolidation. Governor Haley Barbour formed the group in January and asked it to consider options for district closure following his proposal to reduce the number of districts from 152 to 100. The Commission has heard from consultants who recommended primarily small and low-income districts for consolidation. At least one of those districts soug...
Date: 2010-06-25

mississippi Communities Pushing Hard to Protect School Funding

... time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. Public education supporters in mississippi are celebrating a small positive development in the state legislature this month as the House of Representatives approved a school funding plan that provides “level” funding to the mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). MAEP is the state’s primary mechanism for providing equalized funding for school districts. Although the House bill does not cut MAEP funding...
Date: 2011-02-24

mississippi Communities Take Responsibility for School Discipline

...ter When the People Affected by Policy Are Helping to Make It," Betty Petty, Sunflower County, mississippi Several years ago, parents and community residents in Indianola, mississippi began formally working and organizing to improve their schools. As the Indianola Parent Student Group, they began an after-school program to offer tutoring and other enrichments. They also provide trainings and support for both students and their families on public policy and on the rights and responsibilitie...
Date: 2009-01-02

mississippi Corporal Punishment Lawsuit

...ral punishment of students is unconstitutional. The lawsuit claims that 75% of students paddled in mississippi are male, creating "a serious, gender driven crisis," and that black students are paddled at disproportionate rates. Another mississippi district in Leflore County has been sued for money damages twice in the last year for paddling students. The plaintiffs in those suits were 11 and 6 years old. Read more: Read local coverage of the lawsuit here: www.clarionledger...
Date: 2010-02-25

mississippi Department of Education, Percent Student Poverty Rate (2006) and School District Accountability Status (2009-2010)

...to be sanctioned in state accountability systems. This map illustrates this pattern in the state of mississippi. Graph provided courtesy of Southern Echo (www.southernecho.org). Read more from the March 2010 Rural Policy Matters....
Date: 2010-03-26

mississippi Eyes District Consolidation

...ting, but may require registration or expire over time.   A school improvement task force in mississippi is forming a subcommittee to examine school district consolidation as a means for reducing education costs in the state in light of the budget shortfall. At least one state representative from the consolidated Vicksburg area has called for district consolidation, citing administration costs as cutting into classroom spending.   A 2005 study found that mississippi districts are r...
Date: 2009-11-29

mississippi Parents and Students Hold Public Schools Accountable

...ities of all its students. In many places that faith is justified. But not everywhere. Indianola, mississippi is one of those places where parents and students in public school must work hard, continuously, to push the schools to educate students and to hold the schools accountable to the people they are supposed to serve. Powerful local interests, with the direct and indirect backing of state and national forces, have worked to deny political, social, economic, and educational opportunities t...
Date: 2007-07-12

mississippi Working on Discipline

...e Rural Trust Archives for more on this topic. Some mississippi schools are suspending and expelling fewer students now that they have implemented various policy changes aimed at reducing the number of students removed from school as a result of harsh discipline. The approaches implemented by schools are wide-ranging and include physical education initiatives and block scheduling. In most districts, changes stem from district and local leaders&rsqu...
Date: 2010-10-27

mississippi's Achievement Gaps Linked to Gaps in Funding and Teacher Quality

...ange, (802) 728-4383 Jerry Johnson (author), (606) 831-2571 (Washington, DC)—As the MAEP (mississippi Adequate Education Program) Committee heads into a hearing on Monday November 28 to hear input and feedback from education stakeholders, a new report suggests that the current distributions of both school funding and qualified teachers are primary forces behind mississippi's achievement gaps. The new analysis from the Rural School and Community Trust finds that districts with studen...
Date: 2005-11-15
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mississippi's Smaller School Districts Reduce the Impact of Poverty on Student Achievement

... but may require registration or expire over time. Low-income students who attend school in one of mississippi’s smaller school districts are less likely to fall behind their more affluent peers, on average, than low-income students in larger districts. In other words, the state’s smaller districts reduce the impact of poverty on student achievement. That’s important information in the one of the nation’s poorest states because poverty is more threatening to academic ach...
Date: 2010-03-26