Miss. district takes the lead in education reforms

While student achievement has improved in Mississippi, educators and experts say schools continue to face various challenges, including poverty among students. In the Clarksdale district, officials plan to adopt a more rigorous high-school curriculum starting in the fall after the completion of a pilot program that involved 40 students. Superintendent Dennis Dupree has helped design a new scoring system for grade schools statewide, and joined an effort to institute a performance-pay system for teachers that could become a model for the state.

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