Mississippi

It has been less than six months since the nation’s governors gathered for a summit on high schools, and already at least half a dozen states have enacted policies that require students to complete tougher academic programs to earn a diploma.
June 22, 2005 – Education Week
Lawmakers voted to hike K-12 funding by $145 million to about $2.2 billion during a special session that ended in May.
June 22, 2005 – Education Week
Mississippi lawmakers in a special session have passed a $145 million increase in K-12 spending for the new fiscal year—more than Gov. Haley Barbour and some legislators had proposed, but not enough to improve financing substantially for many districts.
June 8, 2005 – Education Week
President Bush has selected Mississippi state schools chief Henry L. Johnson to become the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, one of the federal government’s highest-profile positions for working with precollegiate schools and state leaders.
June 8, 2005 – Education Week
As Mississippi lawmakers debate how much they can spend on K-12 education this coming fiscal year, a former business executive announced that he’ll offer the state $50 million in student-performance incentives—if lawmakers approve “full funding” for education.
March 30, 2005 – Education Week
Democrats and Republicans alike are calling for merit pay, pay for performance, and other ways that deviate from the generally inflexible salary schedules under which teachers are paid.
February 2, 2005 – Education Week
Approximately 1,200 people at a pro-education rally in Jackson, Mississipi, presented state lawmakers and the governor with more than 137,000 signatures on Jan. 11, asking them to spend more on education this year.
January 19, 2005 – Education Week
State of the States: Education highlights from latest governor's address before the legislature.
January 19, 2005 – Education Week
In a forgotten corner of Mississippi's state capital, test scores are going up at a middle school for struggling students, thanks to a program imported with the state’s guidance.
October 13, 2004 – Education Week
State Superintendent Henry L. Johnson's main plans focus on the official start of Mississippi's school accountability system—and how he hopes the system's school-by-school ratings will spark school improvement statewide.
June 18, 2003 – Education Week

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