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Friday, March 6, 2015

Education

LUES studies Titanic’s tragic voyage

Third-grade students at Lafayette Upper Elementary School got to experience history as they played roles of people who were on the Titanic when it sank more than a century ago. (February 15, 2015, Page 4C)

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    Tibetan monks to visit Oxford

    Six Tibetan monks are hosting events in Oxford this week to share Tibetan culture and to raise funds for their monastery. (February 15, 2015, Page 3A)

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      Reading instruction, retention plans example of unfunded mandate

      We’ve tackled the issue of unfunded mandates in public education before, and continue to see that problem affecting students, teachers and schools in Mississippi. The latest example concerns the unfunded, or under-funded, mandate to have third-graders reading on grade level before they can be promoted to the fourth grade. We call on state lawmakers to come up with the money necessary to implement fully this important program and requirement. (February 12, 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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          Money, time patience needed in education

          Changes in education, whether good or bad, come with costs and many are often unfunded mandates from the state or national level that the local districts have to figure out how to pay for. We see the need for increased funding, but also for time and patience as schools deal with all the changes that are supposed to help with the education process. (February 6, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Out!

            Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes advice he learned from his childhood mentor to the classroom as he instills discipline and responsibility among his students. It’s much better to be inside learning than “out.” (February 3, 2015, Page 4)

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              Education needs to be left up to educators

              There is a growing concern among educators around the state that Legislators feel they’re more qualified than teachers and administrators to decide on how to run schools. We hope our lawmakers think about the overall good of our children and their educations rather than politics. (February 3, 2015, Page 4)

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                What will the next budget pie look like?

                With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

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                  Strict party-line voting usually leaves something to be desired

                  When lawmakers, at any level, vote strictly according to the party line, it makes us wonder if they’re interested in what’s best for everyone. We were disappointed to see that earlier this week in Jackson, and call on both parties to have productive debates and compromise more often. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Angie and Alex Dorris write to thank the teachers and administration/staff members who help with the carpool line at Lafayette Elementary Schools each day. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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