Factory-Like Schools Are the Child Labor Crisis of Today

By Kerry McDonald | November 18th, 2017 at 10:00 pm

BY: Kerry McDonald / Contributor

Kerry McDonald has a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard. She lives in Cambridge, Mass. with her husband and four never-been-schooled children. Follow her writing at Whole Family Learning.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Economic Development, Education, Influencing Institutions, Job Growth, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, School Choice

Compulsory schooling was meant to save children from the dangerous conditions of the factory, but these days, “traditional” schooling is easily just as dangerous to children’s well-being. Most American children and teenagers wake early, maybe gulp down a quick breakfast, and get transported quickly to the building where they will spend the majority of their […]

Miseducational Culture: The Tests Have Failed

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 17th, 2017 at 7:51 pm

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

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Influencing Institutions, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Teachers

Opting Out Of Miseducational Culture: It is long overdue to gather across ideological and political lines to declare one of the few things progressives and conservatives agree upon: The tests have failed

Mississippi Department of Education Tech Chief Leaving Post Under Cloud Of Suspicion.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 17th, 2017 at 6:28 pm

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

Filed Under: Carey Wright, Education, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

A Mississippi Department of Education executive at the center of questions about the department’s contracting practices is resigning. Chief of Technology and District Transformation John Porter is leaving the department at the end of November for “personal reasons,” spokeswoman Jean Cook told The Associated Press on Friday. Cook said Porter’s departure had nothing to do […]

MS Supreme Court Settles Long-Standing MAEP Funding Dispute

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 19th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

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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, Governor, Legislature, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Ronnie Musgrove, Spending

State Supreme Court says there is no state mandate to fully fund K-12 education The Mississippi Supreme Court says there is no mandatory requirement for the Legislature to fully fund K-12 education in the state. The court Thursday let stand a Hinds County chancery judge’s ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 school […]

State Auditor Says Review At MDE Shows Illegal Contracting.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 30th, 2017 at 6:48 am

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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, Law Enforcement, MDE, MS State Government, News, Spending, Stacey Pickering

MDE Chief Operating Officer Says Agency Received Approval for Contract Method and Provided Pickering’s Office With Documentation in 2009. After media reports uncovered practices at the Mississippi Dept. Of Education suggesting illegal contracting within the department and some members of the Legislative PEER Committee requested he look into it, State Auditor Stacey Pickering released the […]

PEER Committee Wants Answers From MDE About Contracts.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 25th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

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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, Legislature, MDE, MS State Government, News, Spending

Reports by The Clarion-Ledger and other media on MDE contracts (and purchases) prompted the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review to look into the issue. Now, some PEER committee members want further investigation by State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Some findings of and questions raised by the (PEER) report released Monday and from […]

State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright To Legislators: “Our Children Are Achieving.”

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 24th, 2017 at 6:11 am

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

Filed Under: Budget, Carey Wright, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Superintendents

State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright asked Legislative Budget Committee for 10.8-percent increase to continue what she described as “strides in improving education.”

Why In The Wide-World Of ‘Workforce Training’ Would We Fear Our “Cherished” Government?

By Keith Plunkett | September 12th, 2017 at 6:07 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: Banking and Finance, Civil Rights, Common Core, Community Colleges, Contributor, East Mississippi, Economic Development, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Job Growth, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Liberty, MDA, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Religion, Spending

As long as government is controlling freedom under the guise of “workforce training” and “economic development” then expect to hear a lot more from “various freedom movements.” I’ve been quick to personally commend syndicated columnist Bill Crawford when I felt he wrote a strong commentary on a particular subject. I have to say his most […]

The Legacy of the Welfare State and the Loss of Mississippi Grit

By Keith Plunkett | September 8th, 2017 at 6:10 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, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Education, Faith, Feature Stories, Federal Government, History, Influencing Institutions, Justice, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Progressivism, Race, Social Justice, State Flag

Mississippi’s current level of dependence — in terms of state government and in terms of individual — prove the welfare state accomplished what slavery and Jim Crow couldn’t.

Rep. Becky Currie Preps Bill To Cut MDE Superintendent Salary In 2018 Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 5th, 2017 at 10:27 pm

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

Filed Under: Becky Currie, Education, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Spending, Superintendents

MDE State Superintendent Carey Wright pulls in more than twice the salary of Gov. Phil Bryant.

With Mississippi consistently ranked near the bottom in education in the country, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, wants some changes to the next superintendent’s salary.