Month: January 2011

School District Fund Balances

Governor Haley Barbour, in his 2011 State of the State address, stated that school districts had over $400-million in reserve. Some might wonder why schools aren’t using these “reserves” to cover the dramatic shortfalls in state funding they have experienced over the last few years.  What are Fund Balances? School district cash flow reserve funds (to which some …

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Good News and Bad News for Mississippi in Quality Counts Report Card

Education Week has released its Quality Counts “report card” on the nation’s public schools. The good news is that our Standards and Accountability once again received outstanding grades with an overall Standards, Assessment and Accountability grade of B+, ranking us just above the national average and in the top half of all states. Our standards are high and …

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