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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

Two Mississippi Public School Students Among 161 from Across the Country Named 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars


For Immediate Release: May 7, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

The two Mississippi public school students recognized were:

Achievement School District Community Meetings Set for Humphreys County and Yazoo City


For Immediate Release: May 6, 2019

Achievement School District Superintendent Jermall Wright, Ed.D., will meet with members of the Humphreys County community on May 8 and the Yazoo City community on May 15. Wright will take questions and provide information about the Humphreys County and Yazoo City school districts’ transition to the Achievement School District (ASD).

The meeting schedule is as follows:

MDE Updating Teacher Pay Raise Total


For Immediate Release:  May 1, 2019

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is working with every school district in the state to verify the total number of MAEP-funded teachers and teacher assistants to update the cost of the teacher pay raise. Once finalized, the MDE will provide this information to lawmakers and work with them to obtain the additional funding for the pay raise. 

The National Center for Teacher Residencies, Mississippi to Develop the Nation’s First State-Operated Teacher Residency


For Immediate Release: April 30, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The National Center for Teacher Residencies has received a $649,366 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the Mississippi Department of Education in the development of the nation’s first state-run teacher residency. The grant will also fund strategies to better recruit and retain African-American male teachers and provide support to teachers pursuing National Board Certification.

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