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Monday, December 22, 2014

Education

College athletes employees of school? No way

Are college athletes on scholarship employees of the school? A National Labor Relations Board ruling says they are, opening the door for Northwestern University football players to unionize. Editor Don Whitten disagrees with the ruling and explains his stance on the issue. (March 31, 2014, Page 4)

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    Letters to the Editor

    John Juergens writes to explain his opposition to early graduation policies for high school students. (March 31, 2014, Page 4)

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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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        Learning from first class of charter schools

        Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommy Cardin released last week a list of 12 potential charter school programs that could be approved for the state under a law passed last year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the list and wonders how much all educators in the state will learn from the charter schools that gain approval and open in the next year or two. (March 19, 2014, Page 4)

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          When is graphic too graphic for youngsters?

          Staff writer Jerra Scott’s trip to a local school to write a story about the UNITE Arrive Alive Tour stop there turned out to be much more graphic and emotional than expected. Scott takes a look at the program intended to cut back on texting while driving and drunken driving, and wonders if it might be too graphic for some. (March 6, 2014, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            Members of the Oxford School Board write give their impressions of impending bills in the state Legislature and to urge citizens to contact their legislators to vote No on HB 765 and SB2325 and to amend HB 1476. (March 3, 2014, Page 4)

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              Learning, teaching and the grades we get, give

              Longtime professor and current local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at grades, their importance, what they signify and how they are often determined. (February 27, 2014, Page 4)

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                Basketball promotion caught in fine print

                A West Chester (Pa.) University freshman hit a layup, free throw, 3-point shot and half-court shot, but didn’t win the $10,000 prize in a halftime promotion. Why? The fine print. Editor Don Whitten wonders what lessons were learned in the incident. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Johnny W. Lott writes to stress the importance of education and to urge state lawmakers to use rainy day funds to deal with the underfunding issue in Mississippi. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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                    Who should decide about consolidation?

                    There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

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