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 >>
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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."
Dr. Romules Durant, superintendent for Toledo Public Schools, held a press conference Wednesday morning to introduce the district's plan to make up school days lost due to inclement weather.
As of Wednesday, TPS has used eight calamity days, which is three more than the state currently permits school districts to use without making up the time.
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The strategy that TPS has developed allows students to make up the calamity days, per the Ohio Department of Education's Waiver Request. In early April, TPS will distribute "Blizzard Bags" that will include enrichment material or new material for students to complete. Students must complete the work in order to be marked as in attendance for the days that have been missed.
"So we will be looking at putting a framework together to ensure that it is rigorous, aligned to the standards, and that it is meaningful work. We have lost three days instruction. We want students to be able to continue that education process," said Jim Gault, transformational leader in charge of curriculum.
The plan is to give students take-home work to be completed over spring break. The work would be determined by teachers and distributed through a variety of options, including online and old-fashion paper and pencil.
Additionally, TPS is considering placing teachers in buildings during the break to answers questions students may have on the work assigned. A teacher hotline students could call for help may also be created.
"Many of the local superintendents, as well as the state superintendents, have put in waivers and requests, in regards to wanting forgiveness on those days. But more importantly, understanding that we want to be proactive in the means that if legislation does not pass through, that we weren't just sitting on our hands, and that we had an action plan in place and ready to move forward," explained Durant.
Copies of the take-home assignments will be distributed to all students with information posted to the district's website. One TPS board member said if students do not complete the work, it would be counted as an unexcused absence.