Education Funding In Legislature Brings Lawyers, PAC’s And Lobbyists Even When Lawmakers Agree.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 22nd, 2018 at 6:34 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, Commentary, Democrats, Education, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Political Action Groups, Politics, Republican, School Choice, Spending

Given the stakes in something like the education funding formula rewrite, can we not get a better effort at cooperation? If you’ve listened very closely to the education funding formula debate the last year or so, barely audible under the din, nearly all parties have at one point or another said they agree in overall […]

MAEP Was A Great Achievement For Republicans, Until It Wasn’t

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 18th, 2018 at 9:48 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: Commentary, Education, Haley Barbour, History, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Spending

Every Republican who was in the Legislature in 2006 and is in the Legislature now voted for the (Mississippi Adequate Education Program) with the understanding that it guaranteed full funding after a three-year phase-in. Then-Gov. Haley Barbour, surrounded by most Republican members of the Legislature, hosted a news conference in his state Capitol office touting […]

Speaker Gunn Files Bill To Reformulate Education Spending

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 12th, 2018 at 9:10 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, MDE, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Philip Gunn, Spending

Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, filed a school funding rewrite bill late Thursday. The bill includes much of the what New Jersey-based nonprofit EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia described to House Democratic Caucus members on Tuesday, including retaining a provision that allows property-wealthy districts across the state to keep $120 million it would have otherwise had to […]

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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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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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 […]