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Mississippi prepares new push on education

By Associated Press | Published 06 May 2013 11:48am | comments
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CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Republicans are making a new turn in long-running efforts to improve the state's education system.
 
   Gov. Phil Bryant has signed measures easing charter school creation and holding back third-graders who can't read. The Republican controlled Legislature also approved state-funded prekindergarten and higher qualifications and merit pay for teachers.
 
   Bryant says the changes, many of which he pushed, will improve what he calls a "fairly ineffective educational system." By many measures, Mississippi has shown improvement in recent decades, but still lags behind.
 
   The changes come atop existing improvement efforts in places like Clarksdale, a town in the state's Delta region which struggles with poverty and falling population.
 
   Superintendent Dennis Dupree has adopted efforts to create a s

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