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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

Mississippi Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

NEWS RELEASE

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.

Mississippi’s Graduation Rate Rises to National Average

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) released today the high school graduation rates for the 2017-18 school year, which show the state’s graduation rate has hit an all-time high of 84 percent, reaching the most recent national graduation rate.

The graduation rate for students with disabilities increased for the fifth consecutive year to 38.4 percent, up from 23.2 percent in 2014.

Mississippi Receives a C on Chance-for-Success Index, Ranks 46th in Nation

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: January 16, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The annual Education Week Quality Counts report gave Mississippi a C in the Chance-for-Success category and ranked the state 46th in the nation. The average state earned a C-plus.

Today’s report, the first of three Quality Counts installments being rolled out in 2019, features the Education Week Research Center’s Chance-for-Success Index, first launched in 2007. In 2013, Mississippi received a D-plus in this category. In 2018, Mississippi received a C-minus, and this year a C.

Superintendent’s Annual Report for 2017-18 is Now Available

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  January 10, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) 2017-18 Superintendent’s Annual Report is now available. View the report online at https://www.mdek12.org/superintendent2018.

The report contains details about academic achievements in the 2017-18 school year, an overview of the State Board of Education (SBE) Strategic Plan and highlights from the Mississippi Succeeds state plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

State Board Seeks Two High School Students to Serve as Advisors for 2019-20 School Year

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  December 10, 2018

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) is seeking applications from high school students who wish to serve as student representatives to the State Board starting in the 2019-20 school year. Student representatives will be non-voting members but will provide input on policy decisions that affect Mississippi public schools.

MDE Seeks Sponsors for 2019 Summer Food Service Program

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is seeking sponsors to operate the 2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in counties across the state of Mississippi. The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Office of Child Nutrition (OCN), provides nutritious meals to children without regard to race, color, national origin, age (within statutory limits), sex, or disability during summer school vacation periods.

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