As the first class of the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program prepares to graduate in May, the rigorous teacher education program continues to grow.
Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (7:07) joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to discuss the innovative collaboration between Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi.
The program was created in 2012 as an attempt to attract more of the state’s best and brightest students to become teachers. METP students receive a full scholarship, including tuition, room and board, stipends, a study abroad experience and other perks. They must also commit to teaching for five years in Mississippi after graduation.
Since its creation, each school has seen a dramatic increase in the ACT scores of entering freshmen education majors. The program also has helped reshape perceptions about the field of teaching.
Also on today’s show, business reporter Dennis Seid (18:35) discusses the housing market in Northeast Mississippi, which has been on the upswing.
Area real estate professionals said this year may be even busier than usual as the market climbs out of the Great Recession. Last year saw the highest number of homes sold in the region since 2007. And in February, national home sales jumped to their second highest level in more than a decade. Right now, the market definitely favors sellers, but that could cause challenges for first-time home buyers.
And Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (24:31) talks about the latest controversy involving the proposed new Lee County jail.
Last week, county leaders served the city of Tupelo with a two-year notice that it intends to terminate a 22-year-old agreement under which the county agreed to house Tupelo’s prisoners.
County leaders denied the action was an act of retaliation for their belief that city leaders have tried to interfere with their efforts. Instead, they insist it was a backup plan.
On Monday, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and Sheriff Jim Johnson met to try to smooth strained relations. They emerged from that meeting promising renewed efforts at cooperation and improved communication.