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Common Core

State officials still can’t settle Common Core

Republicans passed a bill to, supposedly, end Common Core once and for all. But the bill didn’t satisfy Gov. Phil Bryant because of some details added and some left out, and he vetoed the bill Thursday. We urge our lawmakers to settle this issue — keep Common Core and move on or drop it and get a replacement and move on. (April 24, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Lawmakers and education — who needs the public?

    Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at education issues in Mississippi and how some are being handled by state lawmakers and other interest groups. (February 12, 2015, Page 4A)

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      Lawmakers face active, involved constituency

      We predict interesting conversations coming up between state lawmakers and their constituents — particularly school officials, educators and parents of school-aged children — as they prepare to deal with two key education issues: fully funding MAEP and Common Core. (December 15, 2014, Page 4)

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        State tests face murky future

        Local school official concerned with uncertainty over state educational tests. (September 25, 2014, Page 1A)

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          All educational programs eventually replaced

          Common Core, whether good, bad or in between, will eventually be replaced by another educational program. It’s just the nature of education and the education business, Editor Don Whitten writes. (September 1, 2014, Page 4)

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            MDE releases test scores

            The Mississippi Department of Education released 2013-14 state test scores. Most schools noticed a drop in scores due to an implemented common core curriculum and a standard state test. (August 26, 2014, Page 1)

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              Schools relieved over rating delay

              The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Mississippi schools will have a one year grace period for their school ratings because of disalignment with common core curriculum requirements and state testing. (June 9, 2014, Page 5)

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                Culture shock

                Local columnist T.J. Ray wonders about the world we’re living in today — is there too much superficiality, too little reality — and what it will mean for future generations. (March 27, 2014, Page 4)

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                  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)

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                    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)

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