MDE Attempting To Shield Government Schools From Accountability Ratings

By Keith Plunkett | August 15th, 2017 at 4:40 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: Education, Ethics, MDE, MS State Government, News

Mississippi Dept. Of Education says there are “technical flaws” in the system approved last year that must be fixed, or else it will “falsely appear” that Mississippi has fewer high-performing school districts than last year.

PLUNKETT: Government Data Collection: It’s Not The Governments Story To Tell

By Keith Plunkett | July 21st, 2017 at 11:07 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: Civil Rights, Commentary, Common Core, Contributor, Economy, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Institutes of Higher Learning, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, MDA, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Unelected state agency directors using government data collection information from a federally funded data program at a university heavily dependent on federal subsidy want to tell Mississippi’s story.

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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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, 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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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, 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 […]

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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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

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.

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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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, History, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Associate Superintendent Paula Vanderford says itā€™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.

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 organizationĀ announced the hiring of two community outreach coordinators, Anna Beth Houston and Constance White. Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced the two […]

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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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, 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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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, 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.