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WDAM – MS Board of Education releases school district accountability grades

The Mississippi State Board of Education approved accountability letter grades for schools and districts in the 2017-18 school year, which was released on Thursday.

The A-F accountability system evaluates school performances, in part, by how well students perform and progress from year to year on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program tests for English language arts and mathematics, according to a Mississippi Department of Education news release…

…Statewide, the number of districts receiving an A increased from 15 to 18 from the 2016-17 to 2017-18 school year, and the number of districts receiving an F jumped from nine to 21 due to a change in the grading scale, according to MDE.

For a full breakdown of each school’s performance in the latest accountability report, visit MDE’s new Mississippi Succeeds Report Card, which is an interactive tool designed to help parents and communities evaluate schools.

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CLARION LEDGER – Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green faces first challenger in 20 years

The race for District 2 Hinds County Circuit judge may become a referendum on whether longtime Circuit Judge Tomie Green or District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has more support with voters.

Smith isn’t a candidate against Green in this year’s election, but his assistant, Kimalon Campbell, is challenging Green, the first challenger since Green was was first elected by voters in 1998.

Smith and Green have been at odds.

In 2016, a formal Bar complaint was filed against Smith based on information Green provided. Smith has accused Green of improperly setting bond and dismissing criminal cases “behind his back.”

Campbell, who has served eight years as an assistant district attorney, said Green needs to be replaced. Green said she is a stabilizing figure on the bench in Hinds County.

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NEWSMS – MDOC recruiting employees at state fair

The Mississippi Department of Corrections recruitment personnel is manning a booth at the Trade Mart during the 12 days of the Mississippi State Fair. The representatives are available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. On Sunday, they will be available from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said that having personnel attend the fair is part of a strategy to increase the number of correctional officers and other support staff during a significant shortage.

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WDAM – Forrest County Circuit Clerk impressed by voter registration numbers

With Election Day less than a month away, the Circuit Clerk’s Office in Forrest County has seen a significant increase in the number of people registering to vote.

“I would say in the last 10 days, we’ve seen 1,000, and that’s just a guesstimate amount, because we haven’t gotten them all in yet,” said Forrest County Circuit Clerk Gwen Wilks. “But, I would say somewhere around 1,000 people registering to vote.”

Wilks said she’s surprised at that number of new registrations, and she’s expecting a string turnout for November’s General Election.

“I’m expecting a really good turnout. I encourage people to come out. We appreciate that the people are registering, but we really need you to go to the polls because that’s what makes the difference,” said Wilks.