Empower MS Hires Two Outreach Coordinators To Connect To More Parents Across State

By Keith Plunkett | June 12th, 2017 at 7:24 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: Charter Schools, City of Jackson, Delta, Desoto County, Education, Empower Mississippi, Feature Stories, Gulf Coast, Influencing Institutions, Leadership, Liberty, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, News, Politics, School Choice

Empower Mississippi has successfully pushed a number of education reform policies through the Legislature, including a program that allows students with disabilities to receive monetary assistance for educational expenses. On June 8, the organization announced the hiring of two community outreach coordinators, Anna Beth Houston and Constance White. Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced the two […]

80 Private Schools Participating In Special Needs ESA

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 13th, 2017 at 11:25 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, Empower Mississippi, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom, School Choice

The number of schools participating in the Special Needs ESA program grew by more than 70 percent over the past year. According to data from the Mississippi Department of Education, reimbursements have been filed for 80 different private schools during the 2016-2017 school year, including five schools in Shelby County, Tennessee. Last year, in the first year of the program, students attended 46 different private schools.

WILSON: Mississippi Charter Schools Case Hinges On Key Constitutional Question

By Steve Wilson | April 5th, 2017 at 11:58 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Watchdog.org

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Charter Schools, Contributor, Education, Ethics, Liberty, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, School Choice, Spending

According to state law, if a child lives 30 miles or more for a school located in their district, they can attend a school in an adjacent district. The money that the old district received for that child, both in state and local tax revenue, follows the child to the new school.

Attorneys also brought up the matter of conservatorships, where the state takes over a failing school district and fires the local superintendent and the school board. Under such a scenario, the Mississippi Department of Education appoints a conservator to get the district back on track. At no point during this process does the local district have any control over the property tax revenues still flowing into its coffers.

MURPHY: Conservatives & Education Reform: Lessons from the Marriage Battle

By David Murphy | April 5th, 2017 at 10:51 am

BY: David Murphy / Historian

David Thomas Murphy is a historian of modern European culture and politics. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Murphy is the author of The Heroic Earth: Geopolitical Thought in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933, German Exploration of the Polar World: A History, and Murder in Their Hearts: The Fall Creek Massacre, among other books.

Filed Under: Charter Schools, Commentary, Culture, Democrats, Education, Gay Rights, Influencing Institutions, Liberty, National, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Progressivism, School Choice, Social Justice

Those conservatives who favor educational reform, who favor greater diversity in the application of state-collected money, currently face an unprecedented, even historic, opportunity, under perhaps the most sympathetic administration and Congress they have enjoyed in decades. Not since the late 1940s, when with the Everson vs. Board of Education case, state-controlled schools began to exert monopolistic control over the disposition of public educational funds, has the alignment of political forces been so promising for the advocates of educational choice.

So Far, Applicants To Propose Nine Charter Schools For Approval By May 9 Deadline.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 19th, 2017 at 6:10 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: Charter Schools, Common Core, Education, Ethics, MDE, News, School Choice, Superintendents

All groups must submit full applications by May 9 containing educational, financial and operational plans. Some are likely to drop out along the way or be cut later for incomplete plans. The board is scheduled to vote on proposals Sept. 11, after reviewing applications.

Empower Mississippi: Important Rulings On Charter School Lawsuit Only Weeks Way

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 17th, 2017 at 6:35 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: Charter Schools, Education, Empower Mississippi, Ethics, Grant Callen, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS State Government, School Choice

A lawsuit to force parents to remove their children from charter schools has been proceeding quietly for several months, but important rulings are expected to be handed down in the next few weeks.

ANDERSON: Will President-Elect Trump’s Selection For Secretary of Education Lead Dismantling of Common Core As Promised?

By Rita Anderson | December 15th, 2016 at 1:08 pm

BY: Rita Anderson / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Clinton resident, past president of Clinton Chamber, active in Morrison Heights Baptist Church and secretary of Hinds County Republican Women.

Filed Under: Carey Wright, Christianity, Common Core, Contributor, Education, Ethics, Federal Government, Leadership, MDE, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, Rita Anderson, School Choice

President-elect Trump’s commitment to ‘Make America Great Again!’ is no longer a campaign slogan but a promise repeated throughout his current thank-you tour across the country. And he’s added more detail to just what he means by great. Great means strong – economically and militarily. Great means safe – at our borders and in our […]

PLUNKETT: Let’s Not Mince Words: Don’t Just Fire This Woman. Prosecute Her!

By Keith Plunkett | October 7th, 2016 at 5:04 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: Contributor, Delta, Education, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Opinion, School Choice, Teachers

Anyone watching the video of a Greenville Teacher dragging a special needs student by the hair after holding her down and allowing another student to taunt her, should be outraged. Not just outraged; enraged, fuming, and ready to cut off all taxpayer funding to anything that allows this to happen Welcome to another perfect example […]

Judge Allows Three Groups to Join Charter School Lawsuit

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 29th, 2016 at 7:23 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: Charter Schools, Civil Rights, Hinds County, Mike Hurst, News, School Choice

A Hinds County judge will let three groups that favor charter schools intervene in a lawsuit challenging whether such schools can legally receive Mississippi education money. Mike Hurst, representing a group of parents from Midtown Public Charter School, says Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas made the decision after a Wednesday hearing. Lawyers for the three groups […]

OPINION: Charter School Focus Should Be in Mississippi Delta Where Reform is Needed Most

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 16th, 2016 at 9:52 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: Charter Schools, Delta, Education, Leadership, Legislature, MDE, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, MS State Government, Opinion, School Choice

Another year of charter schools in Mississippi, another year without one in the place where they’re most needed. The state Charter School Authorizer Board only approved one this year, and like the other three already in operation, it will be in Jackson. There’s certainly a need in the capital city for a change, but the […]