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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

MDE Joins Principal Initiative Focused on Boosting Achievement of Students with Disabilities


For Immediate Release: February 26, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is one of five state education agencies engaged in an initiative by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help states create and implement principal leadership plans focused on improving outcomes for every student, especially those with disabilities.

MDE Invites Applicants for New Mississippi Teacher Residency Program


For Immediate Release:  February 12, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) invites aspiring teachers to apply for the new Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR), which is a two-year program that combines coursework and on-the-job training to prepare 35 prospective educators for the teaching profession. Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted from February 15 through March 15, 2019.   

Mississippi Students Increase Advanced Placement Participation and Performance Increase Potential for Savings on College Tuition


For Immediate Release: February 6, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – More than 22 percent of Mississippi public high school students in the graduating class of 2018 took an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, according to the College Board’s AP Cohort Data Report for Class of 2018 issued today. The participation rate is roughly 2 percent greater than the class of 2017.  

Editorial: Strong Literacy Skills in Early Years Lead to Greater Success in School


For Immediate Release: February 5, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – When I worked as Gov. Haley Barbour’s education policy advisor, I often heard him say that children first learn to read so they can read to learn. While this seems like a simple maxim, the ability to read is essential for success in school and in life.

Mississippi Students Selected as Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars


For Immediate Release: February 4, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program selected 76 Mississippi students as candidates for the national award.   

Students that have been selected as candidates have an opportunity to be become one of the 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars.  The scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.

Mississippi Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program


For Immediate Release: January 22, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – Ruben Banks of Jackson and Kennedy Guest of Brandon were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 2019 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

Banks, a Jim Hill High School senior, and Guest, a Brandon High School senior, are part of a national delegation of 104 students who will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

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