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State News: Charter Schools Legal; OK to Sell 'Veggie Burgers'; Hughes-Hosemann Debate Ahead

Stacey Abrams, who nearly made history in Georgia's race for governor last year, is helping Democrats who are running for statewide office in Mississippi this year.

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Mississippi Board OKs 1 New Charter School to Open in 2020

A state board in Mississippi has approved a new charter school to open next year in the Delta city of Greenwood. Leflore Legacy Academy is scheduled to open for the 2020-21 school year. For the first year, the school will only have sixth grade. Plans call for later expansion to grades six through eight.

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Mississippi High Court Affirms Charter Schools' Funding

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the state's method of using tax money to pay for charter schools, rejecting a challenge that sought to cut off local money to the schools.

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Dak Prescott MSU Fundraiser, Math Power at USM and JSU Wells-Fargo Grant

Mississippi State University alumnus and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott recently raised $20,000 to support the university's T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability through his Faith, Fight, Finish Foundation.

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OPINION: Use the Arts to Teach History, Math, More

With an arts-integrated curriculum, students have a newly found yearning for education. Such a curriculum is simple but profound—make school fun again. The result is quality education, teaching through art disciplines.

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JSU Crop Drop, MSU 'Unframed Images' Moving and Belhaven Transfer Recognition

Jackson State University hosted its annual Crop Drop event, which provides free sweet potatoes to the Jackson community, on Saturday, Aug. 17.

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JSU Outstanding Airman, Millsaps/MSU Dual-Degree Program and MSU Applied Science Program

The United States Air Force recently named Justin A. Starks, a Jackson native and 2015 graduate of Jackson State University, as one of its "12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year."

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‘It’s Positivity’: Refill Café Preps Young Adults for Workforce

Refill Cafe will soon serve lunch weekly to the surrounding Jackson community. The restaurant will also act as a job training site for members enrolled in the program.

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As ICE Raided, Children Cried and Educators Scrambled

At Scott Central High School about 20 minutes from Sebastopol, 
Superintendent McGee started getting calls from the public schools in Morton that ICE had raided the Koch Foods plant there. "Hey, what do we do? Somebody came to pick a child up, but they're not on the sign-out list," McGee recalled a school official saying.

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Most Teachers Want Mississippi to Nix State's U.S. History Exam in Schools

Some Mississippi social studies teachers see the state-mandated high school U.S. history exam as a "double-edged sword," bestowing importance on a discipline they feel does not get enough respect, but also burdening teachers and students with yet another standardized test.

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Mississippi Could Drop High School History Exam

A testing task force voted by email last week to recommend that the state Board of Education scrap a now-required U.S. history test. Students formerly had to pass that test, plus exams in English, algebra and biology to graduate.

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JSU Ghana Trip, USM National Guard Program and MSU African American Studies Director

Byron D'Andra Orey, professor of political science at Jackson State University, led a group of JSU students on a 10-day trip to Ghana, West Africa, in June as part of his political science course, "Sankofa: Challenging Racial Mythologies Here and Abroad."

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OPINION: The ‘Ole Miss’ I’ve Long Heard About

"As a lifelong Mississippian, I've long heard the tales of this infamous school from people around the community and state, varying in color and age."

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MSU Stennis Flag Exhibit, Health Conference and DSU Lifetime Achievement Award

Mississippi State University will host the "Mississippi Stennis Flag Exhibition" beginning Thursday, Aug. 1. The exhibit is inside the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on the second floor of the university's welcome center and will remain on display through Sept. 6.

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USM Professor Bike Event, SodexoMAGIC at JSU and MSU Seven Seals Award

Hattiesburg resident and retired University of Southern Mississippi music professor Denny Behm is organizing a 300-mile bike ride to promote live-donor kidney transplants.