Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:45:07 GMT
The Columbia Board of Aldermen unanimously accepted the resignations of two police officers at a special called meeting Wednesday morning. Lieutenant Richard Pack and school resource officer Jose OatisMore >>
The Columbia Board of Aldermen unanimously accepted the resignations of two police officers at a special called meeting Wednesday morning.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:13:28 GMT
What started as a minor fender bender involving a Jackson Public School bus and a private vehicle, escalated into a fracas and ended with two arrests.You will see the video only on WLBT. It happened atMore >>
What started as a minor fender bender involving a Jackson Public School bus and a private vehicle, escalated into a fracas and ended with two arrests. You will see the video only on WLBT.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:56:36 GMT
He was a two sport high school student, who showed no signs of any physical problems. Tonight friends and family members of Jackson Prep football player, Walker Wilbanks, are struggling to understandMore >>
He was a two sport high school student, who showed no signs of any physical problems, and friends and family members of Jackson Prep football player Walker Wilbanks are struggling to understand his untimely death.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:05:14 GMT
A fire at the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson by investigators and a $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved. AccordingMore >>
A fire at the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson by investigators and a $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved.More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:48:53 GMT
Experts say a new synthetic form of LSD is sweeping across college campuses. Law enforcement said that powerful drug is already showing up in Mississippi. It goes by street names like "N-Bomb" and "Smiles,"More >>
It goes by street names like "N-Bomb" and "Smiles," but to the Drug Enforcement Administration, it's called 25i, a synthetic LSD compound some say is more dangerous than traditional LSD.More >>
"The governor's proclamation is kind of just red meat to the Tea Party folks who don't want or refuse to understand that there's not anything wrong with Common Core. It's really a great deal for Mississippi."
Mississippi Department of Education board member Bill Jones said this in response to Phil Bryant's remarks on Common Core Tuesday.
Mississippi adopted Common Core State Standards three years ago, and even though this is not a federal program, Governor Phil Bryant has issued an executive order to reassure Mississippians that Mississippi has the right to define its own public school curricula.
"We're not afraid to compete with anybody in the nation. Mississippi ought to say our students can compete with any other states, and America ought to be able to compete with any other country in the world, but it doesn't take a centralized federal government to make that happen,"said Governor Phil Bryant.
Jones served on the board with the MDE along with the national governor's council when they adopted these states standards. According to Jones, the governor's order has seven bullet points to it that reiterated what is already true about Common Core.
"The second bullet point. The state, not the federal government shall select standards for statewide assignments. So? That's what we're doing. That's exactly what we're doing. It doesn't have anything to do with the federal government," said Jones.
Local school administrator Edna Thomas said her district has taught under Common Core since its 2010 adoption, and said the governors order showed his support for the State's adoption of Common Core.
"Local control has not been taken away. He's just supporting that for us to make sure that we're able to decide how our children will be taught," said Thomas.
Jones stated the governor's statements are calming the waters for groups that have been more vocal against the measure for the state's public school students.
"From a department of education standpoint, this proclamation is just jibberish," said Jones. "There's no reason in the world that a child from Mississippi should not be taught how to perform mathematics the same as the children being taught mathematics in Massachusetts or Arizona or the state of Washington. It's just silly to oppose this Common Core curriculum."
Jones added, "it's a shame, it's really a shame. Mississippi's got to wake up and join the rest of the nation," said Jones. "To catch up, you have to double up. And we're not making that double up effort yet, but common core is a step in the right direction."
Thomas reiterated that the state was in control.
"We do have local control. Our district has already decided what our curriculum will be around Common Core," said Thomas. "We think it's going to get back to our children having high order thinking."
"We really think that our children can adapt to any standard that's out there. it's just the way that we teach them and the strategies that we use," said Thomas.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:56:28 GMT
Circuit clerks in Adams and Oktibbeha counties have filed motions to quash or modify the subpoena from Chris McDaniel's attorney Mitch Tyner that requested all original election materials from the UnitedMore >>
County clerks said they were not given a reasonable amount of time to submit election materials, among other arguments, in motions filed Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:54:20 GMT
A few isolated showers and storms may be possible this afternoon and evening across some of our southern counties. The cap of warm air is pretty strong today, but a few storms may bust through. No severeMore >>
A few isolated showers and storms may be possible this afternoon and evening across some of our southern counties. More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:36:10 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics news release HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school's head coach for its softball programMore >>
Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school's head coach for its softball program Wednesday afternoon. Hogue joins the Golden Eagles after spending 10 years as the head softball coach of NAIA national power William Carey.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:56:16 GMT
Since MDOT started bridge repair work back in April earlier this year on two bridges located on Highway 11-South, a few county side roads that are being used as a detours have become degraded due to theMore >>
Since MDOT started bridge repair work back in April earlier this year on two bridges located on Highway 11-South, a few county side roads that are being used as a detours have become degraded due to the increase in volume of traffic along with large trucks the roads weren't originally designed to support.More >>
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