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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Education

Legislative move to fix IHL system will continue

State Sen. Gray Tollison’s concurrent resolutions that could lead to individual universities in Mississippi being governed by their own separate boards will not make it to the floor for debate this session, but Tollison and others will pick up the ball again next January and we encourage and support their ongoing efforts. (March 29, 2015, Page 4A)

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    What we’ve learned during a busy week

    It has, indeed, been a week since the news first broke about the IHL board deciding to not extend University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones’ contract, What have we learned and, more importantly, what will we do with that information? We encourage a positive response and continued action. (March 27, 2015, Page 4A)

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      It depends on what you want to know

      Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about a video he received recently showing college students being asked questions, and he expressed concern about some of the answers they knew and didn’t know. (March 27, 2015, Page 4B)

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        Lawmaking a challenging, often thankless job

        We don’t always agree with our representatives’ votes in Jackson and Washington, D.C., and we do have differences of opinion. But that’s all it is — a difference of opinion. We urge all to think about the challenges facing our lawmakers and give them the respect their position deserves. (March 9, 2015, Page 4)

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          Dancing politicians

          Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look back at a recent program in town that featured two state legislators discussing education and other issues in Mississippi. (March 6, 2015, Page 4)

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            Dropping subject test requirement a positive move

            It’s good to see our state lawmakers and top educators on the same page with the state House’s vote showing support for the announcement that subject area test results will no longer be an independent factor that determines whether or not a senior can graduate. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Kindergarten transition meeting, info so crucial

              This evening’s meeting at the First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall concerning transitioning youngsters to kindergarten is extremely important. We applaud the effort by the local Excel by 5 Coalition to get the word out, and encourage all with young children to attend or follow up to get the information. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)

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                On ‘Way Fum Up In ‘Roun Behine

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed learned from his childhood friend and mentor Jaybird that it formal education isn’t everything when it comes to communicating and teaching. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Ed funding vote shows lawmakers’ feelings

                  Editor Tim Phillips writes that while it wasn’t a big surprise, it was disappointing to see the Mississippi House of Representatives vote for education funding more than $205 million under what would have been fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (February 23, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Meeting to explain more about Literacy-Based Promotion Act

                    You may have read or heard lots about the Literacy-Based Promotion Act which requires students to be reading on a third-grade level before being promoted to the fourth grade. If you still have questions, however, there’s an excellent chance to learn more — including tips to help our youngsters improve their reading — as the Mississippi Department of Education will hold a regional meeting Wednesday at the Oxford Conference Center. (February 23, 2015, Page 4)

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