Gov. Phil Bryant is ordering budget cuts for state agencies to cover a $57 million "accounting error." The cuts to the state's $6 billion budget come less than two months into the fiscal year -- which started July 1. Money also was pulled last fiscal year from the state's "rainy day fund" and from state savings. The Community College Board -- which oversees 15 schools across the state -- was given a $4.3 million cut in the latest round. With us this morning is Andrea Mayfield -- executive director of the community college board. Welcome, Andrea.
ITT Technical Institute is no more in Mississippi -- and across the nation. The for-profit college closed its doors yesterday -- citing a new Department of Education rule preventing the school from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. The company says it simply can't continue to operate without that revenue stream. The shutdown will affect about 35,000 students and more than 8,000 employees. Whitney Barkley-Denney is Legislative Policy Council with the Center for Responsible Lending. She tells MPB's Sid Scott, ITT Tech has been on the Department of Education's radar for a few years -- for good reason.
Mississippi teachers are getting tips on teaching Civil Rights history this Saturday and again in October. The William Winter Institute is hosting two workshops in Biloxi and Oxford to help educators incorporate tools into the classroom to help students learn about the Civil Rights era. Portia Ballard Espy is director of community building at the William Winter Institute. She tells MPB's Sid Scott teaching Civil Rights history in schools is vital to moving the state forward.
Michael Copperman left Stanford University for the Mississippi Delta in 2002 -- a Teach For America participant determined to make a difference in one of the nation's poorest regions. What followed was a journey that changed him. In his new book -- Teacher: Two Years In The Mississippi Delta -- Copperman recounts a day-to-day reality that he never could have imagined before he came to Mississippi. In today's Book Club, he tells us that one of the first things his students had to get used to was his appearance -- which reflects his partial Asian heritage.