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College Loan Repayment Program for First-year Teachers

First-year teachers in Mississippi are eligible to have a portion of their college loans repaid by the state. The Winter-Reed Loan Repayment Program was passed by the Mississippi Legislature earlier this year as part of an effort to recruit our best and brightest into the teaching profession. Teachers under contract in a school district designated as a …

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An Educator, Parent Who Makes a Real Difference

As an educator and a parent, Jennifer Colson knows well what students need to be successful – and she’s made it her mission to see that they get it. Understanding that knowledge is power, Jennifer does her research, taking advantage of The Parents’ Campaign’s resources to stay up-to-date on proposed legislation and policy that affect …

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MDE Releases First State Test Scores Since Pandemic Began

The Mississippi Department of Education has released the results of the statewide assessments administered to students in the spring of 2021. This was the first round of state testing since the pandemic struck nearly two years ago causing unprecedented and repeated disruptions in learning. As expected, the tests showed that students did not make the …

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An Outstanding Advocate for Public Schools

Sandra Wells takes every opportunity to stand up for the children in the Hollandale School District. A longtime volunteer in Hollandale’s public schools, Wells spearheads meetings to ensure that other parents are informed about important education issues and to encourage their involvement. Her advocacy is improving life for children well beyond her local community. As …

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Another Accountability Change Considered, MDE Invites Your Input

The State Board of Education (SBE) has modified its proposed change to the Statewide Accountability System to include the WorkKeys assessment as a career-readiness indicator in the College- and Career-Readiness (CCR) component. The public has until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, to provide feedback to the board before the final change is adopted. At …

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Teacher Pay Raise Passes Senate, State Board Requests Accountability Waivers

The teacher pay raise bill has passed the full Senate on a unanimous vote, with every senator present signing on as a coauthor of the bill – an impressive show of support for the incredible work our teachers are doing for our children. The bill will now go to the House. The bill provides: $37,000 starting salary …

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Accountability Model Change Proposed, Your Input Sought

A change is being proposed to the Statewide Accountability Model, and the public is asked to provide feedback before the final change is adopted. The deadline to submit your comments is 5:00 p.m. next Thursday, January 14.  The proposed change accommodates the addition of the WorkKeys career-readiness indicator to the College- and Career-Readiness (CCR) component …

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Get the Inside Scoop!

What has the Mississippi Legislature been up to while we’ve been sheltering in place? And when might they return to Jackson to finish up the Legislative Session? Get the inside scoop from Rep. Jansen Owen at the Mississippi Collective’s Virtual Happy Hour today (Thursday) at 5:30. Rep. Owen will be the third featured guest in …

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Some Bright Spots…

If you know a student who has been unable to complete the AP computer science course due to lack of a computer, that problem could be solved! Code.org, in conjunction with Amazon and the College Board, is providing free laptops to students who need the computers to complete the AP computer science course and national …

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Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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