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JPS superintendent Gray has left trail of poor audits in his districts

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Accountability, Education, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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JPS superintendent Cedrick Gray has shown a history of answering state audits by not accepting the blame for his school district’s problems.

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Superintendent pay isn’t always a sign of success in Mississippi

By   /  August 24, 2016  /  Education, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

HIGHLY PAID: Of Mississippi's 36 most highly-paid school district superintendents, eight are running failing districts. Graph by Steve Wilson

Just because a Mississippi school district has a superintendent with high pay doesn’t mean students will thrive.

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Mississippi governor is far from state’s highest paid public official

By   /  August 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes $122,160, a salary that is dwarfed by 36 school district superintendents and other local officials.

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Jackson charter school funding explained in 5 pie charts

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

SMALL SLICE: Charter schools will take only 1.88 percent of Jackson Public Schools' more than $208 million budget in 2017. Graph by Steve Wilson

It only takes five graphs to show how charter school funding takes away only a small percentage of the Jackson Public Schools’ budget.

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Jackson Public Schools put on probation by state

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  Education, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Jackson Public Schools was placed on probation Tuesday and will have 60 days to come up with a corrective action plan.

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Mississippi education officials make a $19 million mistake

By   /  August 12, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Federal Government, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

CENTRAL: The Mississippi Department of Education made a $19.1 million mistake with federal funds.

A $19 million mistake by Mississippi education officials could lead to cuts or the elimination of federally-funded after-school programs.

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