MDE Attempting To Shield Government Schools From Accountability Ratings

By Keith Plunkett | August 15th, 2017 at 4:40 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Education, Ethics, MDE, MS State Government, News

Mississippi Dept. Of Education says there are “technical flaws” in the system approved last year that must be fixed, or else it will “falsely appear” that Mississippi has fewer high-performing school districts than last year.

PLUNKETT: Government Data Collection: It’s Not The Governments Story To Tell

By Keith Plunkett | July 21st, 2017 at 11:07 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Commentary, Common Core, Contributor, Economy, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Institutes of Higher Learning, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, MDA, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Unelected state agency directors using government data collection information from a federally funded data program at a university heavily dependent on federal subsidy want to tell Mississippi’s story.

WADE: If I Could Just Make a Difference in One Child…

By Jerel Wade | July 10th, 2017 at 3:23 pm

BY: Jerel Wade /

Jerel Wade is an educator and small business owner from Jones County, MS.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Pine Belt, Teachers

Teachers who demand the best of themselves see their students demand the best of themselves as well. No Child Left Behind should not have to be a law; it should be ingrained in the framework of every educator.

MCDANIEL: More Government Won’t Fix Problems Government-Created.

By Chris McDaniel | June 29th, 2017 at 3:27 pm

BY: Chris McDaniel / Senator

Three-term Senator, Former U.S. federal law clerk, attorney, conservative commentator and MS counsel against Obamacare. Awarded the 2016 American Conservative Union's Award for Conservative Excellence.

Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Economy, Education, Entitlements, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Legislature, Liberty, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, Obamacare, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Government becomes involved in certain areas of our lives; the problems then become worse, so the government has to devise another solution to fix the problem that it created in the first place. It results in a neverending cycle of government intervention.

Wisconsin-Based ‘Freedom From Religion Foundation’ Back At Work Harassing Mississippi Public Schools

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 28th, 2017 at 5:50 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Culture, Education, Ethics, Faith, Gulf Coast, Influencing Institutions, Liberty, Mississippi, News, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Religion

Moss Point School District superintendent Shannon Vincent received a letter on June 16 from an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation — a Madison, Wisconsin-based group which focuses on the separation of church and state. The letter called into the question the actions of the annual youth summit Gulf Coast MLK celebration. Within the […]

CALLEN: Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran Decision A Win For School Choice

By Grant Callen | June 26th, 2017 at 4:38 pm

BY: Grant Callen / President - Empower Mississippi

Grant Callen is a sixth generation Mississippian who grew up in Laurel. He founded Empower Mississippi in 2014. Previously, Grant served as Director of Development for the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. He is an alumnus of The Witherspoon Fellowship in Washington D.C.

Filed Under: Charter Schools, Christianity, Civil Rights, Contributor, Education, Empower Mississippi, Faith, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Grant Callen, Influencing Institutions, Inspirational, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Religion, School Choice

Today the United States Supreme Court delivered a victory for school choice in ruling that the government cannot deny a neutral benefit to an organization simply because they are religious.

MDE To Hold Three Meetings To Gather Community Input For ESSA Plan

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 23rd, 2017 at 5:31 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Education, Events, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Teachers

When the plan is adopted, it will put Mississippi in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Mississippi Department of Education is required to put the plan in place in order to be eligible for federal education funding.

Pearson Testing Error: 10 Students Failed Test But Allowed To Graduate, MDE Won’t Revoke Diplomas

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 22nd, 2017 at 8:56 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Education, Ethics, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

State education officials said Wednesday that 10 Mississippi high school students were allowed to graduate only because of testing errors in their favor, but the state won’t revoke their diplomas. Associate state Superintendent Paula Vanderford said in a statement that no students failed to graduate because of scoring errors that worked against them. The State […]

Board Of Ed Approves Plan To Meet Federal ESSA Requirements

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 10:05 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Culture, Education, Federal Government, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Teachers

The Board is hoping to get 70 percent of students performing at grade level. The state will provide additional funds to improve academics at nearly 50 low-performing schools.