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  • Ex-MBN Chief Taking on Mississippi’s Prison System

    2014/12/19 - Marshall Fisher, the former head of the state Bureau of Narcotics, is Gov. Phil Bryant’s choice to clean up the state Department of Corrections in the wake of alleging corruption that toppled its former commissioner. Fisher said the governor talked with him about replacing longtime Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, who has resigned and pleaded… Read more

  • Google Files Suit to Have AG Jim Hood’s Subpoena Thrown Out

    Hood served the search engine company with a 79-page subpoena. If Google’s bid for a restraining order is not successful, responses are due in January. 2014/12/19-Google filed suit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood Friday morning in an effort to have a subpoena thrown out, claiming that he is out of his jurisdiction in what… Read more

  • NYT Details Hood’s Use of Outside Plaintiffs Attorneys

    2014/12/19-The New York Times today finished up a three-part series looking at the “explosion in lobbying of state attorneys general by corporate interests and the millions in campaign donations they now provide.” In the final piece, NYT looks at how state attorneys general are turning more and more to outside counsel to handle larger cases…. Read more

  • Mississippi Board of Education Unveils 5-Year Strategic Plan

    2014/12/18 - JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Board of Education chairman Dr. John R. Kelly today unveiled the Board’s 5-year Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, which sets the roadmap for changing the trajectory of public education in Mississippi.   The plan details five goals to improve educational outcomes for every public school student in the state.   “We… Read more

  • Education Funding Center of State Budget Fight

    2014/12/17 - The Mississippi Legislature does not officially convene until January, but the two parties are already wrangling over how to spend the state’s money. With Republicans controlling both houses and the Governor’s Mansion, not a lot of compromise is necessary for the GOP to get its way in the new session. But Democrats are fighting… Read more

  • When ‘Choice’ Creates a Divide

    2014/12/17 – “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” reads a sign sitting on former Gov. William Winter’s office desk. He keeps it there as a reminder and points to it when asked about the full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which the state has underfunded almost every year since its creation… Read more

  • N.C. Teen’s Hanging Death Ruled a Suicide; Mother Says It Was a Lynching

    2014/12/15 - Claudia Lacy says she can accept anything: even that her youngest son committed suicide — if it’s proven and explained to her. However, she says, local and state investigators have done neither to support their theory that Lennon Lacy hanged himself one summer night. “That’s all I’ve ever asked for: what is due, owed… Read more

  • One Challenge for Ferguson Grand Jury: Some Witnesses’ Credibility

    2014/12/14 - The grand jury in the case of Michael Brown’s shooting didn’t just face an onslaught of witnesses with conflicting memories of what happened the day white police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, an unarmed black teenager. It also heard from witnesses who couldn’t be believed at all. Some admitted lying. Others changed their stories under questioning…. Read more

  • Undercutting Education Not Wise for Legislators

    2014/12/14 - Anyone who has spent much time around elementary school-age children knows those little minds and shrill voices can be annoyingly persistent at getting their way. Perhaps that childhood persistence is what has been missing over the last decade or so as parents’ groups have lobbied for the state of Mississippi to follow its own… Read more

  • Court: Pardon Does Not Mean Clean Criminal Record

    2014/12/14 – JACKSON – A pardon by the governor is not grounds to wipe clean a criminal record, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. The case centered on the claim of Rebecca Hentz, who was among dozens of people pardoned by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2012. She pleaded guilty in 2000 to attempting to manufacture methamphetamine,… Read more

  • This Week in Civil Rights History: Dec. 8-15

    2014/12/09 - December 8, 1863: The Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction was issued by President Lincoln. It offered pardon and restoration of property (except slaves) to Confederates who took an oath of allegiance to the Union and agreed to accept emancipation. It also proposed a plan by which loyal voters of a seceded state could begin… Read more

  • Hinds Election Commissioner Admits She Broke Law Before

    2014/11/20 - Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran said she has not ordered the required number of ballots for any of the four Hinds County elections since the county reverted to the paper ballot system in 2013. Cochran had already admitted last week to breaking the state law that required her to order enough ballots… Read more

  • Jackson NAACP: Hinds Elex Commish Connie Cochran Should Resign

    2014/11/19 - The Jackson branch of the NAACP is calling for the ouster of Connie Cochran, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission, for problems during the Nov. 4 general election. Some precincts saw unexpectedly high turnout. Some of those polling places ran out of ballots late in the evening, which touched off a mad scramble… Read more

  • Accusations of Voter Suppression Follow Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/18 – (JACKSON, MS) – There is more fallout over the lack of ballots in the Hinds County November 4th elections. One supervisor wants possible legal action. Hinds County supervisor Robert Grahams said Election Commissioner Connie Cochran’s actions were not only negligent but resulted in voter suppression. Candidates in a runoff also expressed frustration. “She… Read more

  • Congressman Wants Hinds Co. Official Charged in Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/17 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mississippi News Now)  A Mississippi congressman calls the actions of one Hinds County election official “deceitful and treacherous” because of the county’s ballot shortage in the Nov. 4 general election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said a letter to the Hinds County district attorney asking why no legal action had been taken against… Read more

  • Hinds Needs New Electronic Voting Machines: Our View

    2014/11/13 - Enough is enough. It’s time for Hinds County to stop being obstinate and move to the electronic voting machines that the overwhelming majority of counties in Mississippi use for elections. If anyone has faith that the Hinds County Election Commission can properly conduct elections, we would be astonished. Every time people go to the… Read more

  • A Moral Case Against Voter ID Laws

    2014/11/11 - Like millions of other Americans, I voted last Tuesday. I did not face long lines and there were no barriers to my entry to the polling station. Everyone was quite friendly, and it was a pleasant experience. They were so friendly, in fact, that they even offered a service to voters, advertised by a sign… Read more

  • Election Confirms Difficulties with New Voting Limits

    2014/11/10 – Thousands of voters from across the nation reported problems with voting during this General Election, stemming not only from a rash of restrictive voting laws but also from the administrative deficiencies of an outdated voting system, according to the Election Protection coalition of civil rights groups. “Every election should be a celebration of… Read more

  • 2014 Voter Turnout Was Lowest Since 1942, According to New Data

    2014/11/10 - Midterm elections typically face lower turnout than presidential elections, but 2014 saw the lowest turnout in 72 years. It’s estimated that only a little over a third (36.6%) of eligible voters participated in the 2014 midterm elections, which is the lowest amount to participate since World War II, according to the United States Election Project…. Read more

  • Obama Attorney General Pick: Voter ID Laws Are about Taking Back What Dr. King Won

    2014/11/09 – President Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said that voter ID laws are meant to reverse Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s accomplishments and promised that DOJ lawsuits against “Deep South” states with voter ID laws will continue. Lynch was nominated two days after President Obama’s post-midterm election White House meeting with Al Sharpton,… Read more

  • Ex-MBN Chief Taking on Mississippi’s Prison System

    2014/12/19 - Marshall Fisher, the former head of the state Bureau of Narcotics, is Gov. Phil Bryant’s choice to clean up the state Department of Corrections in the wake of alleging corruption that toppled its former commissioner. Fisher said the governor talked with him about replacing longtime Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, who has resigned and pleaded… Read more

  • Google Files Suit to Have AG Jim Hood’s Subpoena Thrown Out

    Hood served the search engine company with a 79-page subpoena. If Google’s bid for a restraining order is not successful, responses are due in January. 2014/12/19-Google filed suit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood Friday morning in an effort to have a subpoena thrown out, claiming that he is out of his jurisdiction in what… Read more

  • NYT Details Hood’s Use of Outside Plaintiffs Attorneys

    2014/12/19-The New York Times today finished up a three-part series looking at the “explosion in lobbying of state attorneys general by corporate interests and the millions in campaign donations they now provide.” In the final piece, NYT looks at how state attorneys general are turning more and more to outside counsel to handle larger cases…. Read more

  • Miss. Board of Education Releases Strategic Plan

    2014/12/18 - The Mississippi Board of Education is abandoning incremental goals in favor of big ones, according to a strategic plan released Thursday. The previous goal of raising the state’s graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all… Read more

  • Mississippi Board Rejects Test Contract

    2014/12/18 - A state board has rejected a contract that would have bought tests for Mississippi students with intellectual disabilities. The Personal Service Contract Review Board voted Tuesday to reject the $1 million-a-year pact with the University of Kansas. It said it did that because the contract didn’t require all legal disputes be resolved according to… Read more

  • Mississippi Board of Education Unveils 5-Year Strategic Plan

    2014/12/18 - JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Board of Education chairman Dr. John R. Kelly today unveiled the Board’s 5-year Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, which sets the roadmap for changing the trajectory of public education in Mississippi.   The plan details five goals to improve educational outcomes for every public school student in the state.   “We… Read more

  • Education Funding Center of State Budget Fight

    2014/12/17 - The Mississippi Legislature does not officially convene until January, but the two parties are already wrangling over how to spend the state’s money. With Republicans controlling both houses and the Governor’s Mansion, not a lot of compromise is necessary for the GOP to get its way in the new session. But Democrats are fighting… Read more

  • When ‘Choice’ Creates a Divide

    2014/12/17 – “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” reads a sign sitting on former Gov. William Winter’s office desk. He keeps it there as a reminder and points to it when asked about the full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which the state has underfunded almost every year since its creation… Read more

  • County Wants Fewer Detained Youth

    2014/12/17 - William Skinner, who oversees the Hinds County Youth Court, is mad—again. Skinner recently fired off a letter to a federal judge in Jackson saying that Hinds County officials are trying to usurp his authority over the detention and release of young people in the youth court system. The most recent dust-up goes back to… Read more

  • Undercutting Education Not Wise for Legislators

    2014/12/14 - Anyone who has spent much time around elementary school-age children knows those little minds and shrill voices can be annoyingly persistent at getting their way. Perhaps that childhood persistence is what has been missing over the last decade or so as parents’ groups have lobbied for the state of Mississippi to follow its own… Read more

  • Miss. Board of Education Releases Strategic Plan

    2014/12/18 - The Mississippi Board of Education is abandoning incremental goals in favor of big ones, according to a strategic plan released Thursday. The previous goal of raising the state’s graduation rate to 83 percent? Now officials want every student to graduate high school. Forget trying to boost test scores to where 60 percent of all… Read more

  • Mississippi Board Rejects Test Contract

    2014/12/18 - A state board has rejected a contract that would have bought tests for Mississippi students with intellectual disabilities. The Personal Service Contract Review Board voted Tuesday to reject the $1 million-a-year pact with the University of Kansas. It said it did that because the contract didn’t require all legal disputes be resolved according to… Read more

  • Mississippi Board of Education Unveils 5-Year Strategic Plan

    2014/12/18 - JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Board of Education chairman Dr. John R. Kelly today unveiled the Board’s 5-year Strategic Plan for 2016-2020, which sets the roadmap for changing the trajectory of public education in Mississippi.   The plan details five goals to improve educational outcomes for every public school student in the state.   “We… Read more

  • Education Funding Center of State Budget Fight

    2014/12/17 - The Mississippi Legislature does not officially convene until January, but the two parties are already wrangling over how to spend the state’s money. With Republicans controlling both houses and the Governor’s Mansion, not a lot of compromise is necessary for the GOP to get its way in the new session. But Democrats are fighting… Read more

  • When ‘Choice’ Creates a Divide

    2014/12/17 – “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” reads a sign sitting on former Gov. William Winter’s office desk. He keeps it there as a reminder and points to it when asked about the full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which the state has underfunded almost every year since its creation… Read more

  • Mississippi Higher Education Briefs

    2014/12/15 – JSU 6 chemistry Ph.D. candidates graduate Jackson State University graduated six minority Ph.D. chemists at fall commencement last week. Receiving their doctorates Friday were: Shantelle Hughes, Kristen Lewis, Cassandra McCallum, Danielle McShan, Fahmida Zeren and Zhen Fan. “The chemistry Ph.D. program started to admit students in 1999 and graduated 51 Ph.D.s from 2003-2014,”… Read more

  • Undercutting Education Not Wise for Legislators

    2014/12/14 - Anyone who has spent much time around elementary school-age children knows those little minds and shrill voices can be annoyingly persistent at getting their way. Perhaps that childhood persistence is what has been missing over the last decade or so as parents’ groups have lobbied for the state of Mississippi to follow its own… Read more

  • Miss. Schools Funding, Test Scores Linked

    2014/12/13 - With better funding for public education in recent years, reading test scores for Mississippi fourth-graders surged, numbers show. After that funding was sliced, scores sank. “We get what we pay for,” said former Gov. William Winter, who pushed through the 1982 Education Reform Act. “A plaque on my desk says, ‘If you think education… Read more

  • In Mississippi, Education Money Gap Grows to $1.5B

    2014/12/15 - In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem as profound as in this tiny town smack in the middle of Mississippi. Durant Public School teachers spend their nights searching for math and other problems on the Internet because the… Read more

  • Miss. Misses out Again on Federal Preschool Money

    2014/12/10 - The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that Mississippi has missed out on its share of $250 million in federal money to expand its fledgling prekindergarten program. The state applied for the money in October, asking as much as $60 million over four years to boost a state-paid preschool program for 4-year-olds. Mississippi has… Read more

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