Month: August 2020

MDE Revises EDLA Application Due to District Concerns

Last night, the Mississippi Department of Education issued a revised application for Equity in Distance Learning Act (EDLA) reimbursements in response to school districts’ concerns about some of the requirements. MDE will host a webinar today to answer districts’ questions ahead of the September 1 application deadline. See revised application: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OTSS/equity_in_distance_learning_act_application_8.27.2020.pdfSee revised technical assurances: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OTSS/edla_program_technical_assurances_revised_08282020.pdf Additionally, the …

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Public Schools Finally Get Budgets – See Yours

When the Legislature overrode Gov. Reeves’ veto of public school funding, Mississippi public schools finally got their budgets. Overall, MAEP funding for this school year is $37-million less than it was last year, a 1.6% cut, and $250-million below what state law says is adequate to provide Mississippi children a quality education. Legislators worked hard …

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Governor Announces Very Limited School Delay

Grades 7-12 in 8 counties may not begin in-person schooling before August 17, according to Gov. Reeves’ latest executive order. The mandate applies only to these counties: Bolivar Coahoma Forrest George Hinds Panola Sunflower Washington Additionally, the governor announced a statewide mask mandate in public and in retail environments and mandatory mask wearing for all students …

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MS Public Health Chief: Delay School Start Date

“It’s impossible to imagine we are not going to pay the price for cramming kids into schools right now.”  – Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer Early last week, public health officials believed that it was possible to reopen school buildings safely. They’ve since changed their minds.  In a Q&A with the Mississippi State Medical Association, …

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