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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

2019 State of Preschool Report Recognizes Mississippi as One of Top States for High-Quality Pre-K

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  April 22, 2020

JACKSON, Miss – The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recognized Mississippi in its latest report on pre-K quality as one of only four states whose publicly funded pre-K program meets all 10 of NIEER’s new quality standards for early childhood education.

The latest ranking is published in the NIEER report, The State of Preschool 2019. The annual report tracks state-funded preschool access, resources and quality.

State Board of Education Student Member Shelby Dean: Seniors, Let’s Finish Strong

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – I don't think anyone, especially us high school seniors, saw this coming. I keep thinking back to mid-January, a few weeks after coming back to school from Christmas break, when I heard about the virus outbreak in China. It came up in small talk among my Biomedical Research class, and the conversation always ended with, "Well, it will end soon," or "Wouldn't it be crazy if it made it all the way to us?"

Mississippi State Board of Education Suspends Key Policies to Manage Impact of Extended School Closures

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: March 26, 2020 

JACKSON, Miss. –  The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) today suspended several statewide policies to manage the impact of extended school closures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis. The policy suspensions apply only to students and educator candidates in the 2019-20 school year and educator preparation program applicants through December 2021.

Mississippi Department of Education Compiles Learning-at-Home Resources

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2020 

JACKSON, Miss. –  The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has compiled a host of learning-at-home resources for students in pre-K through grade 12 to support student learning during the extended school closure. The resources are available online at www.mdek12.org/LearningAtHome.

SBE Votes to Suspend Assessments, Accountability, Waive Missed School Days

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to suspend all federal and state assessments for the 2019-20 school year and to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for exemption of those federal requirements.

As a result of the suspension of federal and state assessments, districts will retain the accountability grade for the 2020-21 school year that they received in the 2019-20 school year.

MDE Provides Guidance to Parents of Students with Disabilities About Services During School Closures

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education has created this Q & A as a resource to parents of children with disabilities to help support their learning during school closures. Please visit the MDE’s Special Education webpage for more information and for an email list of staff contacts: www.mdek12.org/OSE.

MDE Secures Waivers to Expedite Approvals of School Meal Programs

NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition (OCN) has secured two waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist school districts in establishing meal programs at this time. These waivers allow all schools to serve meals to students during an unanticipated school closure. 

State Superintendent of Education Provides Recommendation Regarding Statewide Assessments and Accountability

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  March 16, 2020

(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is providing this update on the impact of school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  

“This is an unprecedented time in our state and country, and the safety, health and well-being of students, school staff and communities are the MDE’s and the Mississippi State Board of Education’s (SBE) top priorities,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. 

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