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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Her Nissan Altima was discovered behind a vacant building. We are told that officers are searching the area now.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Positive gains could mean better report cards for Toledo Public Schools. The district has been trying to prepare students for the Ohio Achievement Assessment test by testing ahead of time.
Report card ratings of schools in the Buckeye State depend on how students score on the Ohio Achievement Assessment test each spring. TPS officials say they have been testing to prepare their students and have seen large jumps in all of their schools kindergarten through eighth grade.
"I think the district is heading in the right path. I think we have been working very hard to make students the center of our focus," said Jim Gault, TPS chief academic advisor.
From testing, the district has been able to gauge student success in reading and math.
District officials say they could not be happier with improvements their students have made in the classroom.
"Our teachers are working not only harder, but smarter, and our students are on point. So I believe at the end of the year, if we continue with the progress we're making - which I believe we will - I believe we're going to have some results we can be very proud of," said Gault.
Officials say all their elementary schools have shown improvement. Kyser Sherman and Glennwood were either at academic watch or emergency levels. TPS officials say if they test like this on the state test, they could go up letter grades on the state report card.
"What we're excited about is that we believe that with the programs we put in place - and the laser beam focus with our students and with our teachers - that we are going to see significant improvement in our reading and math, which we believe is going to uplift the district," explained Gault.
The district has tested students with the new test twice so far, and will do another round before the Ohio Achievement Assessment test.