MDE To Hold Three Meetings To Gather Community Input For ESSA Plan

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 23rd, 2017 at 5:31 am

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Filed Under: Education, Events, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Teachers

When the plan is adopted, it will put Mississippi in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Mississippi Department of Education is required to put the plan in place in order to be eligible for federal education funding.

Pearson Testing Error: 10 Students Failed Test But Allowed To Graduate, MDE Won’t Revoke Diplomas

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 22nd, 2017 at 8:56 am

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Filed Under: Education, Ethics, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

State education officials said Wednesday that 10 Mississippi high school students were allowed to graduate only because of testing errors in their favor, but the state won’t revoke their diplomas. Associate state Superintendent Paula Vanderford said in a statement that no students failed to graduate because of scoring errors that worked against them. The State […]

With Investors Clamoring, PSC Moves To Force End To Kemper Boondoggle

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 21st, 2017 at 3:20 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Business, Economic Development, Energy, Ethics, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Public Service Commission

At its open meeting Wednesday, the Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously passed a motion instructing counsel to prepare an order pursuing potential solutions regarding the Kemper County power generation facility. The order will be presented to the commission at its July 6 meeting. As part of the order, a new docket number will be opened […]

Board Of Ed Approves Plan To Meet Federal ESSA Requirements

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 10:05 pm

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Filed Under: Culture, Education, Federal Government, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Teachers

The Board is hoping to get 70 percent of students performing at grade level. The state will provide additional funds to improve academics at nearly 50 low-performing schools.

Report Finds Proposal To Shift Medicaid Funding To Block Grants Will Hit Mississippi Hard

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 8:06 am

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Filed Under: Federal Government, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Obamacare, Spending, US Congress

Even though Mississippi didn’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the state is in line to be among the hardest hit by proposed federal funding changes.

DOR Deal With Amazon To Collect Online Sales Tax Fails To Produce Expected Boost To Revenue

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 19th, 2017 at 7:35 am

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Filed Under: Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Taxes

Instead of being a boost to the beleaguered state general fund, the use tax, like other state taxes, is underperforming in terms of collection.

MDE Shows NCS Pearson The Door After Error Places 1,000 Students In Graduation Limbo.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 17th, 2017 at 7:44 pm

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Filed Under: Education, History, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Associate Superintendent Paula Vanderford says it’s too soon to know how many students may have graduated or been denied diplomas in error, or what the state will do about either circumstance.

Hampton: Every Issue MS Legislature Dealt With In Special Session Existed In “Regular” Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 8:39 am

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Filed Under: Commentary, Culture, Governor, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican

I would have thought a political party with super majorities in the House and Senate and control of all statewide office with the exception of the Attorney General’s Office could hide their shenanigans in plain sight. Turns out, it was disagreement in the Republican Party that led to the special session.

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

By Keith Plunkett | June 12th, 2017 at 7:24 am

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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 […]

Hood Says Special Session Appropriation Cut AG’s Budget By 28-Percent Compared To 2015

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 7:08 am

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Filed Under: Buck Clarke, Budget, Democrats, Jim Hood, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending

In the 2016 session the Legislature passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act that substantially changed the state’s budgeting process. But the legislative leadership has yet to release information detailing how those changes impact each agency.