Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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 >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:33:26 GMT
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."
An investigation into improper attendance reporting to the state by Toledo Public Schools has been forwarded to the state's Professional Conduct office. The Ohio Department of Education said Monday that the committee will investigate whether any licensed professionals participated in the so called "scrubbing" of student data. The state says any licensed professional who participated in the practice could face sanctions or even lose his or her teaching license.
The state has been looking into allegations Toledo Public Schools, along with several other Ohio districts, removed students from their rolls in order to receive better scores on state report cards.
On Monday, the state said a review of 614 Toledo student records revealed 425 had been improperly withdrawn from the district's records.
"Misreporting of attendance data or ‘scrubbing' jeopardizes the entire accountability system in Ohio and will not be tolerated. These actions will be investigated and may result in professional conduct sanctions up to and including suspension or revocation of licensure," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross.
Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant released the following statement on the matter Monday:
Toledo Public Schools is aware of the most recent report from the Ohio Department of Education regarding their investigation into the accuracy of student attendance records. District representatives have cooperated fully during this two-year inquiry and will continue to do so as we enter this next phase.
Through an internal review of our practices, we have taken numerous steps to centralize and streamline the student registration and withdrawal process. TPS has also expanded our partnership with the Juvenile Courts and established a program that is focused on reducing truancy. This step along with the work our graduation coaches continue to provide to decrease absentee rates in our high schools are all positive steps toward ensuring that all TPS students are college and career ready graduates.
Click here to read the state's full statement released Monday.