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MDE Announces New Members of the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced today the addition of 49 experienced and highly regarded professionals from across the state to serve on the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council (MTAC). The MTAC, formed in 2016, now includes 300 educators representing schools in urban and rural settings and an array of content areas, including general education, arts, special education and career and technical education.

Seven Mississippi Schools Designated State’s First Science of Reading Schools

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: August 10, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has designated seven elementary schools as the state’s first Mississippi Emerging Science of Reading Schools (SoR). This recognition is for schools that have trained teachers in the science of reading, exemplified a change of instructional practices, and embodied a school culture that focuses on building skillful, strong readers in kindergarten through grade 3.

Commission on School Accreditation Determines State of Emergency Exists in Holmes County School District

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. – The Commission on School Accreditation determined today an extreme emergency exists in the Holmes County Consolidated School District (HCCSD) that jeopardizes the safety, security, and educational interests of the children enrolled in the schools in the district. As a result, the Mississippi State Board of Education will consider on August 3 whether to ask Gov. Tate Reeves to declare a state of emergency in the district.

Commission on School Accreditation to Discuss Holmes County Consolidated School District

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2021

WHO: Commission on School Accreditation (CSA)

WHAT: CSA will meet to determine if an extreme emergency situation exists that jeopardizes the safety, security and educational interests of the children enrolled in the Holmes County Consolidated School District (HCCSD)

WHEN: 10 a.m., August 2, 2021

MDE to Temporarily Relocate Offices

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2021

JACKSON, Miss – Due to repeated water leaks and flooding in the Central High School Building (CHS), the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will relocate employees who work in CHS in mid-August.  The move is necessary because the Department of Finance and Administration needs to make extensive repairs to the building. 

State Board of Education Sets Policies to Resume In-Person Schooling as Primary Teaching Mode

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) passed two policies that call for all school districts to resume in-person instruction as the primary mode of teaching starting in the 2021-22 school year. The policies set requirements for districts that choose to offer a virtual learning option to individual students and establish standards for virtual learning days.

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