GUAJARDO: Legislators Should Take Time To Get School Funding Formula Right

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2017 at 4:59 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Spending

Critics hammered the MAEP rewrite process early on because of the lack of transparency. It seemed like closed-door meetings and contracts initially withheld but later made public were the norm in the beginning. Then came a quickly called public hearing in Jackson and promises that site visits were being conducted in school districts across the […]

MS Supreme Court Hears Arguments In School Funding Lawsuit

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2017 at 6:23 am

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Filed Under: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Ronnie Musgrove, Spending, Superintendents

At stake is the demand from the school districts to be paid back $236 million that the 21 districts say the state owes them for the budget years 2010 through 2015, representing their shares of how much the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula was shorted.

K-12, Community Colleges And Universities Will All Take Around 10-Percent In Cuts For FY 2018 Budget

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 26th, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Community Colleges, Education, Institutes of Higher Learning, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, Tate Reeves, Taxes, Teachers

Estimates show tax cuts will subtract $350 million from state revenue next year. While Democrats and even a few Republicans have called for suspending some tax cuts, both (Lt. Gov. Tate) Reeves and (Speaker Philip) Gunn said they want to continue to implement tax cuts. “I think we have campaigned on controlling spending, staying within […]

Still No Plan From Consultant Group Tasked With Rewrite Of School Funding Formula

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 6th, 2017 at 7:09 am

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Filed Under: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, Tate Reeves

Presumably at some point before Jan. 16, legislation will be introduced providing the details of the proposed rewrite of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which is the mechanism used to provide the bulk of state funding to local school districts. The assumption has been that New Jersey-based EdBuild, which House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. […]

House and Senate Education Committees Meet With Firm Hired to Rework School Funding Formula

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 27th, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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Filed Under: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, Tate Reeves

A joint meeting of the Mississippi House and Senate education committees was held with representatives from EdBuild at the state capitol Thursday. EdBuild is a non-profit organization based out of New Jersey that has been hired by the state legislature to make recommendations regarding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula. Rebecca Sibilia, CEO of Edbuild, […]

Firm Rewriting School Funding Formula to Meet With House and Senate Ed Committees in Public Meeting Thursday.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 26th, 2016 at 3:43 pm

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Filed Under: Education, Events, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Philip Gunn, Spending, Tate Reeves

Education committees from the Mississippi House and Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, for a presentation from EdBuild. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be in Room 216 of the Mississippi State Capitol. The announcement of the no-bid contract with EdBuild two weeks ago by House Speaker […]

Legislature Hires Firm to Update Decades Old MAEP School Funding Formula.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 11th, 2016 at 6:01 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending, Tate Reeves

Speaker of the Mississippi House Philip Gunn and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves released a joint press release this afternoon announcing the hiring of a firm to “modernize the outdated school funding formula and direct more tax dollars into classrooms.” The House Management and Senate Rules committees voted to hire the non-profit firm Edbuild to examine […]

PLUNKETT: No, Mr. Barksdale, #Initiative42 and #MAEP are not about justice.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 28th, 2015 at 11:04 am

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Filed Under: Contributor, Education, Keith Plunkett, MAEP

BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff   @Keithplunkett In an AP feature article that ran over the weekend about former Netscape and FedEx executive Jim Barksdale, and his push for education in Mississippi, he said of his support of Initiative 42: โ€œThink about the justice. Think about the common good. The common good is to […]

Universities and Community Colleges request a combined increase of $150 million from taxpayers for FY 2016.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 2nd, 2014 at 6:40 am

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Filed Under: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MS State Government, Spending

The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee […]

DOJ: 48 teachers involved in test-taking scam.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 22nd, 2013 at 5:51 am

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Filed Under: Education, Ethics, Law Enforcement, MAEP, Mississippi, MS State Government, Teachers

In addition to the two new Mid-South teachers indicted in a test-taking scam led by Clarence Mumford, Federal prosecutors have entered 16 other teachers into diversion agreements. The Department of Justice’s announcement Friday brings the total number of individuals sentenced, indicted, or charged to 48. According to a information released by the DOJ Friday, a […]