Debate Over School Choice Legislation Could Get Contentious

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 10th, 2018 at 4:41 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, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, School Choice

Influential school choice advocates are pushing to allow all families in Mississippi to have the option of using state funds for private schools.

If SPLC Charter Schools Lawsuit Successful Legislature Would Have To Devise New Funding Method

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 24th, 2017 at 5:00 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: Charter Schools, City of Jackson, Education, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, MS State Government, News, School Choice

The Charter schools lawsuit points to two sections in the Mississippi constitution that say a school district’s ad valorem taxes – or local funding – may only be used for the district to maintain schools it oversees.

Feds Have Questions For MDE Officials Over ESSA Plan

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 20th, 2017 at 9:15 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, Federal Government, MDE, MS State Government, News

The U.S. Department of Education has told Mississippi public education officials that they must provide more details about how they are meeting the challenges faced by underperforming students. The request came in a Dec. 19 letter from the U. S. Department of Education in response to a new state plan that was filed Sept. 18 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.”