Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
In schools across the state, the number of students counted as present in a classroom is a big part of the decision on how much money will flow into the school district. Now, legislation at the state capitol could soon change what counts as attendance.
The charge to lawmakers was lead by State Auditor Stacey Pickering last month. Currently there's no set policy to determine what counts as a student being present for the entire day. Because of that, Pickering said it creates careless attendance records, which undermines the funding formula known as MAEP.
"When we study the successful states that's a score high on standardized tests that have high graduation rates those states have a standardized definition of average daily attendance," said Pickering.
Under a house bill, that's exactly what would happen. To be counted as present, a student must be in attendance for at least two thirds of the school day. Under a separate house bill, a change would also be made to how often the funding formula is evaluated. Now, MAEP is reviewed every four years, but legislation would change that to every year.
"If you do it annually, we're not sure if that's going to help or hurt our schools," said Kevin Gilbert, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators.
Gilbert says the changes could add to the existing problem of consistent under-funding.
"What we don't want to happen when it comes to that ADA is that students and schools are penalized for excused absences," said Gilbert.
With MAEP funding yet to be decided, Gilbert says lawmakers are unlikely to give the full payout, but rather level funding, which would be the same as the current under-funded year. Whatever happens, Gilbert says consideration needs to be weighed.
"Whatever we do around funding, it needs to be a sincere effort to make sure that our schools get the necessary resources they need to help our students be competitive," said Gilbert.
Both bills have passed the house, where they started, and as of late last week passed the senate with amendments. If the house agrees to the changes, the bills will be sent to the governor.
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