Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:31:16 GMT
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:33 GMT
Life through the eyes of a child is often thought to be innocent and colorful. But, that life isn't the same experience for kids who are blind and visually impaired. That's why every year, MississippiMore >>
Every year, Mississippi Lions club puts on a Sea and Sun camp for kids ages 5 to 15 who are visually impaired, giving them the opportunity to experience the fun they often miss out on.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The lesson plan at the Marriott in downtown Jackson is to make sure lesson plans in Mississippi classrooms are more productive, especially to students who are about to put their high school careers behind them.
"We want to make sure that every student that walks across the stage is prepared for either college or the work world," said former governor Ronnie Musgrove.
Once the classroom tests are done, those high school seniors are set to face a much larger test, one Musgrove says many just may not be prepared for.
"More and more students are having to take remedial courses in college. We shouldn't be having to do that," said Musgrove.
Currently there's no national measure to determine whether twelfth graders are academically prepared for college or job training. State superintendent of education, Dr. Tom Burnham, says even with no gauge, it's clear there's a problem, needing to be erased.
"We clearly recognize that with the level of dropouts that we have today, things are not working as things should work," said Burnham.
Burnham says the department of education is working to change classroom structure to ensure better performance and even reduce dropout rates. Musgrove says while early childhood education plays a key at the beginning, the end result needs to be just as heavily invested in, especially if Mississippi wants to compete.
"More and more companies look at the training capacity and the educational level as they're looking to locate. If a state has a more productive workforce, they have an advantage on other states," said Musgrove. "In Mississippi, we want to have the advantage."
"That places people in the economy producing wealth and income," said Burnham.
To lay the foundation, state and educational leaders are meeting to put efforts in place thanks to the National Assessment Governing Board, but getting there, much like graduation, is only the beginning.
According to the assessment board, reading and mathematics are the two areas where high school seniors need the most proficiency.
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