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Friday, August 22, 2014

Common Core

Yik Yak, don’t talk back

Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the Yik Yak concern and how school officials are urging parents to talk to their kids about the problem and dealing with it. (April 10, 2014, Page 4A)

Who should decide about consolidation?

There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

More school days or a different calendar?

The Center for America Progress is recommending that more time is added to the school year to help students and teachers deal with Common Core Standards, and Editor Don Whitten takes a look at options that involve adding more days to the school year or adjusting the school calendar a bit. (February 14, 2014, Page 4A)

Will longer school day help education?

After last week’s column suggesting that schools need to add hours or days, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at one of the options – increasing the school day by 30-45 minutes. (February 10, 2014, Page 4)

Let’s communicate about education

Editor Don Whitten points out inconsistencies in what lawmakers, educators and parents think is best for our children and schools – for example, in whether to decrease, increase of keep the amount of time at school – and urges them to communicate better with one another. (February 5, 2014, Page 4)

Taking a closer look at Common Core

Guest columnist Maxine H. Karr takes a closer look at the Common Core State Standards that are being implemented at schools around the country. (October 17, 2013, Page 4)

Laws needed to protect basic education?

Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at a North Carolina law passed recently requiring students to be competent in cursive writing and to memorize the multiplication tables in elementary school. (July 17, 2013, Page 4)

Are we going to stop paying attention to public education?

Local columnist T.J. Ray, after taking a closer look at Senate Bill 2189, expresses concerns about charter schools’ accountability in Mississippi and wonders if it signals an overall tendency to stop paying full attention to public education in the state. (February 22, 2013, Page 4A)

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