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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 >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
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."
Temperance Road Elementary is closing for the last time on June 7, and now, 15 teachers will be laid off from Bedford Schools, as well.
The closure and cuts are due to decreased funding from the state, a projected decline in enrollment of 100 students, and the deficit elimination plan required by the state of Michigan.
The plan was required for Bedford Public Schools three years ago. Districts in Michigan cannot operate in a budget deficit, even though Bedford's deficit is due, in large part, to state funding cuts.
"I don't think our legislators care," said Interim Superintendent Jon White. "I don't think they involve themselves. They just pass the laws that have unintended consequences…None of these teachers would have been laid off, had it not been for the deficit elimination plan."
White said it will be predominantly younger teachers being laid off, but some older teachers, as well, depending on what they teach. The teachers were selected based on administrative evaluations, not seniority. Teacher union representatives call it an unfair move.
"I understand that you have to do layoffs, and I know that's a hard thing for you to do," said Lisa Duran, BEA Union board member. "But this year, evaluations should not have been the basis for layoffs, and this is simply and utterly wrong."
Despite the layoffs and closure of Temperance Road Elementary, more cuts are likely. Incoming Superintendent Mark Klienhans will make those decisions.
White said that later this summer, once enrollment numbers come in, some of the 15 teachers may be re-hired.