William Winter remarks at “It ALL Starts with Education” Summer Forum

“We hear it all the time: we just can’t afford it. Let me tell you something. We can afford whatever we want to afford.” Thank you, Mr. Hughes. Let me just say: Jay Hughes represents the kind of leadership that this state badly needs. I encourage him to continue his efforts. And thank you to […]

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Open Mic Q & A with MS Legislators and University Higher Ed 

This is a very brief summary of what was discussed during this panel session, and it may have errors. I apologize in advance. People talk fast. Video of the full panel discussion will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over.   (From Left to Right) Senator Bill Stone, Marshall and Tate […]

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5 Minute Power Speeches – “Ideas for Inspiration & Change”

Because these are prepared remarks by the speakers, I will not try to provide an abbreviation of words and pauses specifically chosen for effect.  I have chosen a couple of “golden lines’ for each- standout quotes. Video of the full panel will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over.  TEACHERS OF […]

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Listening to Educators: An Interview With Summit Organizer Jay Hughes

By James Comans, Editor at MSEDBLOG On July 22 and 23, educators and community stakeholders from around the state will converge at the Jackson Convention Center for the  “Summer Education Forum.” It is to be “a completely open and free zone for ideas, inspiration and appreciation” concerning Mississippi’s public schools. With keynote speakers, discussion panels, and […]

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Koonlaba: Mississippi, What do you think you are doing?

I’ve just read the most depressing article this morning from back in the spring about Detroit’s schools. It tells about how much some families struggle to get their children to school in a place where school choice policy has run rampant for many years. I can’t imagine having to do any of the things described in […]

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Yet Another Reason Mississippi Teachers are Leaving

By James Comans, Editor at MSEdBlog I want to tell you about a Mississippi teacher. I’ll call her Hannah. Hannah is a middle school language arts teacher from central Mississippi. She’s flat out brilliant. I remember when I first met her, we were in this little conference room building in Starkville- basically a shed next to […]

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DAILY JOURNAL: Video games used to encourage reading

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – By reading more books, members of one Tupelo Boys & Girls Club will get to play more video games. The Haven Acres clubhouse will be participating in “Game on for Literacy,” the platform of Miss New South Hannah Whitlock, who will compete for Miss Mississippi this June. She […]

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THE ATLANTIC: Punching Above Their Weight in Mississippi

A treat for Mississippi readers: The work of MSMS students in Columbus has been featured in The Atlantic, a national literary and cultural magazine with over 400,000 subscribers.   Mississippi schools come in #49 in many national rankings. Read these essays and poems by high school students from Columbus, Mississippi. Then tell the folks who […]

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JACKSON FREE PRESS: ‘No Data’ Showing Appointing Superintendents Helps Achievement

“No data” backs the idea that appointing school superintendents rather than electing them will actually raise test scores or improve achievement in the state’s public schools, the author of the legislation said today in the Mississippi Senate. Still, the full Senate passed the bill Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, authored this morning, 40-9. Mississippi has more […]

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AP: Senate Panel Seeks Appointed Local School Superintendents

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are making a fresh push to have 55 elected local school superintendents appointed by school boards instead, with the Senate Education Committee approving such a bill Wednesday. Only Democrat J.P. Wilemon, of Belmont, and Angela Hill, R-Picayune, opposed Senate Bill 2438 on a voice vote. It now moves to […]

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