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October 31, 2012

The Phi Kappa Phi honor society recently celebrated its 53rd anniversary on the campus of The University of Mississippi.

The Phi Kappa Phi honor society recently celebrated its 53rd anniversary on the campus of The University of Mississippi.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is both the nation’s and the university’s oldest and most selective academic honor society.

The Ole Miss chapter was founded in May 1959 and included many recognizable names.

Notably, former Chancellor J.D. Williams and Frank Anderson, for whom Anderson Hall is named, were members of the inaugural class. To celebrate the organization’s 53 years here, the university held a small ceremony in the Lyceum last week.

October 25, 2012

Parent-led conversion of low-performing schools has been on the rise across
the nation, and Mississippi schools are being taken into consideration.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) decides if a school should be converted into a charter school by looking at the school’s academic rating and
performance.

“Charter schools are independent public schools allowed freedom to be more innovative, while being held accountable for improved student achievement,” as stated by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

October 17, 2012

Dear Editor,

As a Mississippian who cares deeply about education, Trenton Winford’s Oct. 10 column supporting for-profit charter schools troubles me. His reduction of a complex policy matter into a superficial appeal for competition resembles the same unsubstantiated debates that I’ve witnessed on the Senate floor in Jackson.  

September 20, 2012

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), an honors organization that recognizes high-achieving individuals, awards students around the nation with more than half a million dollars in scholarships annually.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), an honors organization that recognizes high-achieving individuals, awards students around the nation with more than half a million dollars in scholarships annually.

The top 20 percent of freshmen and sophomores at The University of Mississippi receive invitations, and they can choose to accept or decline.

Members participate in numerous volunteer projects. The local organization volunteers with Oxford’s Leap Frog program, which helps elementary students at risk of falling behind in classes.

September 13, 2012

The teachers’ strike in Chicago is one of the most important stands taken by educators for the future of education in the United States. Strong, effective education for young people is immensely important not only to those individuals, but to our nation as a whole. Countries whose citizens are well educated have greater innovation and economic growth.
In Chicago, teachers are striking for the sake of not only their futures, but the futures of the students they teach. At the forefront of this strike is how to evaluate student and teacher performance in the classroom.

September 12, 2012

The average ACT score of 23.9 for the current University of Mississippi freshman class is a record high in the university’s history. According to faculty and students, this record-setting score is expected to boost academic morale for the class of 2016, as well as improve the university’s standing among other SEC schools.

The average ACT score of 23.9 for the current University of Mississippi freshman class is a record high in the university’s history. According to faculty and students, this record-setting score is expected to boost academic morale for the class of 2016, as well as improve the university’s standing among other SEC schools. Director of Institutional Research Mary Harrington has reported that the average ACT and converted SAT scores for this fall’s incoming freshmen are the highest in university history.

April 30, 2012

A new bill facing the Mississippi Legislature could allow certain areas to create state-funded private schools.

A new bill facing the Mississippi Legislature could allow certain areas to create state-funded private schools.

The Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012, or SB 2401, addresses the privatization of public schools. Failing schools, a rating of which is determined by the Mississippi Department of Education’s Accountability Results, would have the option to become private schools.

April 19, 2012

Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of education lists and statistic reports. Are charter schools the answer? Not necessarily. 

 

Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of education lists and statistic reports. Are charter schools the answer? Not necessarily. 

Charter schools take students out from under the state’s eye. These “private-public” schools receive public funding but have flexibility in curriculum and hiring, and in some states they are free from standardized testing (which makes it difficult to determine the success of these ventures).

April 4, 2012

Mississippi’s public education is failing. The system is greatly underserving a large portion of Mississippi kids, despite the few bright spots where public education is working well, like Desoto and Madison counties. 

 

Mississippi’s public education is failing. The system is greatly underserving a large portion of Mississippi kids, despite the few bright spots where public education is working well, like Desoto and Madison counties. 

The 2012 Mississippi Legislature appeared ready to move the state education system forward with charter public schools. The Senate passed a bill that was sent to the House, where the House Ed Committee let it die. Mississippi children were denied a chance at a better education system by a single vote.

February 20, 2012

Sen. Gary Tollison introduced a bill to the Mississippi Senate this past week that would allow students to attend charter schools — both traditional and virtual.

Sen. Gary Tollison introduced a bill to the Mississippi Senate this past week that would allow students to attend charter schools — both traditional and virtual.
Following the introduction of the bill, people voiced opposition, including many black Mississippians, according to Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Mike Sayer, senior organizer and training coordinator for Southern Echo, said his group firmly opposes charter schools.

September 18, 2011

I once heard someone say that complaining gets you nowhere.
If you do not like something, then work to change it, complaining is not working. Placing blame is not working.
Advocating, pushing and researching are working for change.
One thing that draws a lot of complaints but little action is Mississippi’s public education system. Our results and scores show the failure of the system year after year.
Our 2011 graduates scored an average 18.7 composite on the ACT, placing us last in the nation and almost a full point behind 49th.

February 14, 2011

When I sat down to make a decision about running for ASB President, I first consulted my faith. This is a huge responsibility to undertake, but as I thought about why I wanted to be ASB President and what I offered as a Rebel, and as a candidate, I knew that it was a position I could hold with a maximum amount of integrity and passion.

When I sat down to make a decision about running for ASB President, I first consulted my faith. This is a huge responsibility to undertake, but as I thought about why I wanted to be ASB President and what I offered as a Rebel, and as a candidate, I knew that it was a position I could hold with a maximum amount of integrity and passion.

October 31, 2010

WEST HELENA, Ark. -- Roy Williams attended West Helena public schools for seven years. He didn’t study. He didn’t read well. He didn’t care. In fifth grade, his teachers put him in special education.

 

WEST HELENA, Ark. -- Roy Williams attended West Helena public schools for seven years. He didn’t study. He didn’t read well. He didn’t care. In fifth grade, his teachers put him in special education.

 

October 28, 2010

Not only do musicians come to learn and develop at The University of Mississippi, several times each semester the music department hosts performers who come from various venues.

 

Not only do musicians come to learn and develop at The University of Mississippi, several times each semester the music department hosts performers who come from various venues.

 

October 25, 2010

Sure, 19 of the top 20 American universities use the plus/minus grading system, but Ole Miss does not have to join this group.

Sure, 19 of the top 20 American universities use the plus/minus grading system, but Ole Miss does not have to join this group.

A short time ago, the Council of Academic Administrators, which comprises representatives from the undergraduate and graduate councils, the deans of all schools and other representatives, recommended the implementation of the plus/ minus grading system for Fall 2011. The recommendation would need approval from the Chancellor.