After school programs serving thousands of children in the Northeast Mississippi region are in danger of being eliminated following a budgeting error made by the Mississippi Department of Education affecting federal grant funds. The error impacts the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, which supports enrichment programs for students outside of the regular school day. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (13:16) joins Derek and Brad on today’s show to explain the situation and how it could affect students in the region.
Emma (17:25) also discusses a plan by a Tupelo Middle School teacher to use the popular Pokemon Go game as a teaching tool. Anthony Golding teaches Mississippi Studies to eighth graders and said the smart phone app can help engage students with local history.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (7:16) previews the upcoming fall Tupelo Furniture Market. Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (24:45) tells of an effort by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to make the process for renewing driver’s licenses quicker and more convenient. The new license also will be more secure and offer better protection against identity theft.
Food editor Ginna Parsons (28:38) breaks down this week’s food section – bacon cheeseburger balls, Mississippi pot roast and Ray Ray’s restaurant.