State Auditor Says Review At MDE Shows Illegal Contracting.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 30th, 2017 at 6:48 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: 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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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, 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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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, 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.”

Why In The Wide-World Of ‘Workforce Training’ Would We Fear Our “Cherished” Government?

By Keith Plunkett | September 12th, 2017 at 6:07 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: Banking and Finance, Civil Rights, Common Core, Community Colleges, Contributor, East Mississippi, Economic Development, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Job Growth, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Liberty, MDA, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State University, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Religion, Spending

As long as government is controlling freedom under the guise of “workforce training” and “economic development” then Crawford should expect to hear a lot more from “various freedom movements.” I’ve been quick to personally commend syndicated columnist Bill Crawford when I felt he wrote a strong commentary on a particular subject. I have to say […]

Rep. Becky Currie Preps Bill To Cut MDE Superintendent Salary In 2018 Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 5th, 2017 at 10:27 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: Becky Currie, Education, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Spending, Superintendents

MDE State Superintendent Carey Wright pulls in more than twice the salary of Gov. Phil Bryant.

With Mississippi consistently ranked near the bottom in education in the country, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, wants some changes to the next superintendent’s salary.

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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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 […]