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Education

Should ‘extras’ be limited at failing schools?

Would it help spark improvement at failing schools if students were barred from participating in sports, band and other extracurricular activities. Or would just limiting participation do more good? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at one idea that’s being discussed to help motivate those in failing and struggling districts. (April 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Why start school later? Tourism? Heat?

    The starting date for public schools has been moving up closer and closer to the first of August in recent years, but a measure going through the state Legislature would push it back to the third week in August. Editor Don Whitten looks at the pros and cons of going back to a later starting date. (April 13, 2012, Page 4A)

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      Lawd Glad Received

      Local columnist Jimmy Reed asked his freshman composition students to write about either going back in time to change a bad mistake or to relive one of their best days, and ended up writing one for them about a meaningful fishing trip he made years ago. (April 10, 2012, Page 4)

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        Why art education is important, too

        EAGLE staff writer Melanie Addington encourages the Oxford School Board to realize the value of the arts in education when making decisions about the new high school, citing her education and the importance art and theater meant to her growing up. (April 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Campbell McCool writes to point out the value of a strong public high school and to encourage all in the community to help do whatever it takes to have one – even to the point of holding another bond referendum for the needed funds. (April 6, 2012, Page 4A)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Ceola Turner writes to thank Robbie Buford for his tutoring work with her daughter and for his help for all students. (April 4, 2012, Page 4A)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Camie Bianco and Claire Rychlak write to thank Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at Ole Miss for its assistance in a program that gave books to Oxford Elementary School and Della Davidson Elementary School students, while Sabrina Bishop writes to ask how charter school funding can be fair for everyone. (March 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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                A Stupid, Educated Man?

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed worked himself into and then out of a jam when he asked one of his creative writing classes about malapropisms, puns, quibbles, spoonerisms and Freudian slips. (March 20, 2012, Page 4)

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                  Let’s take a look at an Arkansas charter school

                  Only time will tell which, if any, legislation we get about charter schools in Mississippi. While lawmakers are debating the subject, Editor Don Whitten passes along some of the information he’s gathered about the KIPP Delta Schools, a charter school program in Helena/West Helena, Ark. (March 1, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Home help the key to any school’s success

                    Charter schools tops conversation these days at most water coolers and coffee shops in Mississippi so Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the issue and says there’s more to helping Johnny learn to read than different kinds of schools. (February 24, 2012, Page 4A)

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