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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Education

Letters to the Editor

Tracie Russell writes, on behalf of the Lafayette Endowment Fund for Education, to thank Knit1 and those involved with the Fiber Festival for helping raise funds to help local schools, while Robert M. Pugh writes to point out the support Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Alan Nunnelee have for community health centers. (February 10, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Charter school concerns

    Oxford Schools Board President Buddy Chain writes a guest column giving his personal take and concerns about charter schools, an idea that is being discussed by state lawmakers in Jackson. (February 9, 2012, Page 4)

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      Numbers – telling a story, provoking thought

      Numbers and statistics are almost always part of sports stories. Editor Don Whitten saw some interesting figures that have nothing to do with sports, and he writes about them in relation to what Mississippi is spending to house, feed and take care of prisoners, parolees and offenders on probation. (January 27, 2012, Page 4A)

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        School attendance incentives change

        Years ago, the incentive to go to school was what you’d face if you stayed at home. Now, Editor Don Whitten points out, the incentives include meals, tickets and, yes, cold hard cash. (January 25, 2012, Page 4)

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          Consolidation can be part of school management

          Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on the subject of education funding and one answer that’s been suggested often but not always taken: consolidation. (January 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Historical ‘shames’ should be shared, not censored

            With Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week, local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a look at her feelings about that history, the iconic Lorraine Motel in Memphis and how some schools are glossing over parts of our past that should not be forgotten or overlooked. (January 19, 2012, Page 4)

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              Neither Should He Eat

              An initial assignment in one of  local columnist Jimmy Reed’s classes eventually led to Reed being a mediator as his students discussed Occupy Wall Street. In the end, Reed added his own thoughts about hard work and production. (January 17, 2012, Page 4)

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                The antidote to bullying is strong on policy

                Remember those kids or groups of classmates you’d just as soon not have to pass by when you were growing up. What they were doing – bullying, whether we called it that or not – is as bad, if not worse, these days. Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes on bullying to show that it’s something we have to tackle head on. (January 5, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Do The Hard Part First

                  Local columnist – and college teacher – Jimmy Reed talks about his father’s advice and how he makes that his annual New Year’s Resolution: to do, and to teach others to do, the hard part first. (December 27, 2011, Page 4)

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                    In the midst of a remarkable revival

                    News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look back at some highlights of the past 14 months, noting the decisions made in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community in late 2010 and 2011 will reverberate for years. Scott ties it all together to show what outsiders are learning about the community – it’s a pretty good place to live and work. (December 22, 2011, Page 4)

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