WJTV – Leaders to hold meeting to discuss findings from study on JPS

WLBT – Schools and districts discuss how English language component will impact overall grades

With a growing English language population, this is an issue that’s being handled in schools statewide. But the federal requirement gives them new timelines and consequences if they can’t get them speaking English in a certain time frame.

Schools have five years to get English Language learners up to speed and proficient. But an accountability task force is looking at proposed tweaks to the grading scale. One proposed change would increase or decrease that time frame based on the abilities and timing of the student’s arrival to the school.

“When you hear that your school is an A or B then this will be part of that,” said DeSoto County Schools Director of Accountability and Research Ryan Kuykendall. “So, that’s why it’s very very important that it’s a fair and equitable way of doing this since not all districts and schools have this component. We want to make sure that those grades are reflected accurately.”

The current model is set up to meet new federal guidelines. Districts and schools received a preview of what their A-F grade would be with and without the EL component factored in.

Gov. Bryant promotes First Step Act


WTVA – Tupelo leaders review costs of President Trump’s visit

Tupelo city leaders are reviewing the costs the city is paying for services provided during President Donald Trump’s stop in the All-America City Monday.

President Trump arrived at the Tupelo Regional Airport to campaign for Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith one day before she defeated Mike Espy in the special election runoff.

City leaders say they were keeping tabs on the costs associated with the visit in hopes the White House or Hyde-Smith’s campaign would reimburse them.

They did not expect reimbursement and were not promised repayment for services provided by the city.

Sen. Hyde-Smith visits with Congressman-elect Guest, wife


Sen. Wicker on Navy funding


CLARION LEDGER / HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Can’t get a cellphone signal? Public Service Commissioner challenges FCC coverage map

Sam Britton knows for a fact there are plenty of areas in south Mississippi where there is no cellphone service.

The state Public Service commissioner has spent the past month traveling with his staff to the 27 counties in his Southern District, trying to make cellphone calls.

They’ve covered more than 1,000 miles and found that rural roads, spots in north Harrison, Greene, north and east Hancock counties, and even the Greene County Courthouse steps in Leakesville, are among the many spots in Mississippi that don’t have cellphone service.

“These places, I just assumed, would have cellphone coverage,” Britton said. “You can have significant numbers of people (living there) and you can still have spotty coverage.”

Britton has been trying to make all those calls because he wants to challenge the Federal Communications Commission.

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