BY: Joy Pullman Education Week reports a previously stalled set of bills to extend No Child Left Behind is heading to conference committee this week, possibly already today, paving the way for a full vote in the House and Senate by the end of this month. The final bill reportedly will not allow portability … Continue reading PULLMAN: Congress Likely to Retread NCLB
Republican leaders, perhaps emboldened by their election victories last week, are saying changes could be coming during the upcoming legislative session to the mechanism used to get state funds to local school districts. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he would like to see changes made to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program to avoid … Continue reading GOP legislators talking MAEP funding formula revisions
The United Conservatives Fund (UCF) Executive Committee has voted to recommend all members, supporters and volunteers vote against Initiative 42. Initiative 42 is a ballot initiative that will amend the Mississippi Constitution to remove the state legislature from the position of creating education policy and hand authority to the judiciary. UCF took a lead … Continue reading UCF Executive Committee releases statement ahead of #Initiative42 vote
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Director of Policy and Communications and Cheramie Bills | CMM Policy Advisor A hot topic across Mississippi with regard to education for over three years now has been Common Core. Few people knew or understood the issue back in 2012 when members of the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition began … Continue reading Initiative 42: Beware the #CommonCore connection
BY: Joy Pullman Education may be the area of government policy most rife with fantasy. Reality beats it back periodically, and we’re entering another such stretch currently, as Common Core supporters’ fantastical promises disintegrate five years after the bigs pushed this impossibly utopian project on our country. Maybe that’s why Education Secretary Arne Duncan … Continue reading PULLMAN: 9 Promises Common Core Has Already Broken
BY: Joy Pullman Only Common Core supporters are surprised that one of the central promises they made isn’t coming true: The New York Times reports states are labeling the same test scores in wildly varying ways despite using the same Common Core tests. In other words, what counts as proficient in Ohio still doesn’t … Continue reading PULLMAN: Lies, Damned Lies, and #CommonCore
Two charities have poured $2.6 million into efforts to pass a ballot initiative that aims to guarantee public school funding in the state constitution. But where did that money come from? Records reviewed by The Associated Press show at least $1.6 million of it can be pinpointed to two sources who have long been … Continue reading Trail of money supporting #Initiative42 leads to two out of state non-profits.
Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove will get another opportunity to convince a Hinds County chancery judge to order the state to fully fund Mississippi’s local school districts. Hinds County Chancellor William Singletary has scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 to hear arguments on Musgrove’s motion for the judge reconsider his ruling where he … Continue reading Judge gives Musgrove a second bite at the apple with #MAEP lawsuit.
An operator of charter schools in Tennessee and Mississippi is in line to receive $9.6 million in federal funding, with plans to spend the money on expansion. RePublic Schools, based in Nashville, Tennessee, was one of 12 charter school networks awarded funding Monday by the U.S. Department of Education. "Charter schools are helping to … Continue reading MS Charter School operator getting on the dole, in line to receive $9.6 million from Feds.
BY: Lyn Fortenbery I believe every child deserves the best education that he or she can possibly achieve. In order for a successful future for all children and future Natchezians or Mississippians, there first and foremost needs to be a future for them. The future of our state and our town is at risk if … Continue reading FORTENBERY: #Initiative42 endangers $388 million ROI from tourism.