Government School Officials Say They Weren’t Told Of 2014 And 2015 Assault Of Special Ed Student In Jackson County

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 14th, 2018 at 7:02 am

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Filed Under: Education, Gulf Coast, MDE, MS State Government, News, Public Safety, Teachers

State rules require superintendents to report misconduct to the department within 10 days of learning about it.

Jackson County Superintendent Barry Amacker said he acted immediately, noting Nettles and Raymond were fired a day after the videos surfaced.

MDE Releases NCLB School District Report Cards For 2016-2017 School Year

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 6th, 2018 at 4:50 pm

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

Mississippi Report Cards for the 2016-17 school year are now available at the Reports section of the Mississippi Department of Education website.

Speaker Gunn Files Bill To Reformulate Education Spending

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 12th, 2018 at 9:10 am

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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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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 […]

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 […]

State Auditor Says Review At MDE Shows Illegal Contracting.

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

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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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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 […]