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State Board of Education Meets

Thursday, October 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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The State Board of Education met Thursday, October 15, 2020.  Board actions and discussions included the following:


  • Welcomed two new members to the State Board of Education.  Governor Tate Reeves appointed Angela Bass, the executive director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance, and Glen East, superintendent of the Gulfport School District, to the Board this past Tuesday.  Bass represents the Central Supreme Court District, while East represents administrators.  A graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Bass previously served as an administrator at a KIPP charter school in Memphis.  She also taught one year at Tunica Middle School and a semester at Horn Lake High School before serving five years at Mississippi First prior to joining the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance. East, who attended Millsaps College and the University of Southern Mississippi, has served as superintendent of the Gulfport Schools since 2004.  Prior to that he served as an administrator in the district.  He also served in the Pass Christian School District. 
  • Received an update on the implementation of Mississippi Connects. John Kraman, MDE’s Chief Information Officer, reported that 93% of ordered Chromebooks are in the United States and 55,000 have been delivered to schools.  Of the 65,000 Windows laptops ordered, 60% are in the United States, but none have been delivered.  Half of the Apple MacBooks and iPads are in the United States, with the first 20% scheduled to be delivered to schools next week.  Plans call for deliveries to be completed the first week of November. Additional MDE staff shared the professional development for parents and educators that will accompany Mississippi Connects.  PD coaches are being trained, with pilot training scheduled across the state the remainder of this school year. 
  • Heard concerns expressed by the Board’s two student representatives related to the mental health struggles of both students and teachers this school year. One student representative called for mental health counselors to be provided to schools.
  • Renewed a contract for $236,100 to retain the services of The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc. to facilitate and manage the Mississippi Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). This is year three of a five-year contract. 
  • Approved beginning the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to establish the Mississippi K-12 Social Emotional Learning Standards.  Click here to review those standards.
  • Approved beginning the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) process to revise Process Standard 24 of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2020 so as to clarify planning periods for career technical teachers.  Click here to review the proposed revisions.
  • Approved the establishment of or modification to existing educator licensure preparation programs at Mississippi State, Tougaloo, Southern Mississippi and William Carey.  Click here for details.