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MDE investing $49 million in federal COVID-relief funds to support student safety and learning

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: February 24, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is investing up to $49 million of its American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds in four new services to support student safety and learning statewide.

State Board of Education votes to award $17.6M grant to the University of Mississippi Medical Center to provide telehealth services to K-12 students

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Feb. 17, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – The State Board of Education (SBE) today voted to approve a $17.6 million grant to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to create a telehealth delivery system within K-12 schools to provide remote healthcare and healthcare provider access to students.

Mississippi’s high school graduation rate highest ever at 88.4%; Dropout rate falls to 8.5%

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Feb. 17, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released today the 2020-21 school year graduation and dropout rates, which reflect the highest statewide graduation rate of 88.4% and the lowest statewide dropout rate of 8.5%.

Rates are based on students who entered ninth grade for the first time during the 2017-18 school year. Among students with disabilities, the graduation rate increased to 59.9%, and the dropout rate was 18.4%. 

Applications now open to Mississippi Teacher Residency program for aspiring educators seeking master’s degree in elementary and special education

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Feb. 15, 2022

JACKSON, Miss. – Applications to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) program are now available for aspiring educators seeking a graduate degree in elementary and special education.

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