WJTV – Leaders to hold meeting to discuss findings from study on JPS
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
I am proud to continue our work on the First Step Act with @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence. This will transform the federal prison system, reduce crime, and save millions of taxpayer dollars. https://t.co/SUoW5YKNqW
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) November 29, 2018
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
Enjoyed catching up with Congressman-elect Michael Guest today. He and Haley are in town for new Member orientation meetings. Looking forward to working with him and the rest of our delegation for the people of Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/JhzRbIqrCz
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) November 29, 2018
Sen. Wicker on Navy funding
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) November 29, 2018
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.