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JPS Unveils 'Transformational' Plan for Public Schools

Jackson Public Schools now has a plan to "transform" education in Mississippi's capital city. City leaders say it will help ensure that all children in the district get a high-quality education. It would also expand access to pre-K programs for 4-year-olds.

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USM Professor Studying HIV Stigma, MSU Fulbright Scholar and Delta State Paleontology Grant

As part of an HIV awareness project, Susan Hrostowski will work with students in USM's Master of Social Work program to interview people with HIV about their experiences with people who are uninformed and unsympathetic about them and their condition.

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Candidates: Mississippi Should Focus on Vocational Education

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he's proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest expense would be $75 million to community colleges for workforce training.

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Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday Includes School Supplies

News outlets report school supplies are officially on the tax exemption list for the holiday, which is on July 26 and 27. All clothing, footwear and school supplies under $100 can be purchased minus the 7% state sales tax.

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Analysis: Charter Board Could Face School Closure Decision

Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board could have to make a decision on closing some charter schools in coming months, as the state's first two charter schools complete their initial five-year contracts.

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Belhaven/Woz U Partnership, MSU Teacher Training and JSU Professor Venezuela Trip

Belhaven University is partnering with Woz U, a computer coding school that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launched in 2017, to offer an online computer-coding and software-development course at the university.

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Applications for 4 Mississippi Charter Schools Move Forward

Groups seeking to open four charter schools in Mississippi are moving forward, while one group is being rejected.

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Private School Vouchers Split Mississippi Candidates for Governor

Several candidates for Mississippi governor have answered a questionnaire from a public education advocacy group called The Parents' Campaign, but Republican Tate Reeves has not.

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New Tougaloo President and USM School Ground-Breaking in Africa

Carmen J. Walters became the 14th president of Tougaloo College on July 1. She is the second female president of Tougaloo after her predecessor, Beverly Wade Hogan, who held the position since 2002.

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West Jackson Residents Resist Homeless Center, Citing Community ‘Integrity’

Jackson City Council Roundup for June 27, 2019

Some west Jackson residents say they fear that a planned resource center for the homeless could make things worse by "segregating" services for homeless populations, the mentally ill and those suffering with drug addiction.

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JSU Student Patents Cleanstraww, Horse Poor Barrel Race and Belhaven Division III Membership

LaMonté Pierce, a graduate student at Jackson State University who is majoring in technology education, recently secured a patent for a special straw that he dubbed the “Cleanstraww,” which filters lead and other contaminants from water a person drinks through it.

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Jackson Youth Graduate from JPD Youth Citizens Police Academy

The Jackson Police Department held their Youth Citizens Police Academy graduation on June 21. More than 50 Jackson youth graduated from the two week program.

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UM Research Patent, MSU AP Physics Program and UMMC Resident Partnership

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued the University of Mississippi a fourth patent for a product that the university says could prevent itching and rashes from exposure to poison ivy, oak and sumac plants.

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Mississippi Charter Schools Illegally Get Taxpayer Money, Opponents Charge

Mississippi's charter school law unconstitutionally diverts property tax money away from local school districts, lawyers for a group of parents told the state's high court on Tuesday.

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Curious George at USM, Belhaven Mental Health Award and Women RISE

The University of Southern Mississippi's Curious George Collection returned to its home in the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection on the USM campus on Monday, June 10, after the end of a two-year tour in Japan.

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