PLUNKETT: No, Mr. Barksdale, #Initiative42 and #MAEP are not about justice.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff   @Keithplunkett In an AP feature article that ran over the weekend about former Netscape and FedEx executive Jim Barksdale, and his push for education in Mississippi, he said of his support of Initiative 42: “Think about the justice. Think about the common good. The common good is to … Continue reading PLUNKETT: No, Mr. Barksdale, #Initiative42 and #MAEP are not about justice.

Universities and Community Colleges request a combined increase of $150 million from taxpayers for FY 2016.


The two systems that run Mississippi's public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee … Continue reading Universities and Community Colleges request a combined increase of $150 million from taxpayers for FY 2016.

DOJ: 48 teachers involved in test-taking scam.


In addition to the two new Mid-South teachers indicted in a test-taking scam led by Clarence Mumford, Federal prosecutors have entered 16 other teachers into diversion agreements. The Department of Justice's announcement Friday brings the total number of individuals sentenced, indicted, or charged to 48. According to a information released by the DOJ Friday, a … Continue reading DOJ: 48 teachers involved in test-taking scam.

Rep. Frierson: Medicaid expansion will reduce education funding.


Funding for education is falling short because Medicaid is devouring a larger share of state money than it did a few years ago, a top Mississippi budget writer says in a letter to teachers and school administrators. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, wrote that expanding Medicaid would create more uncertainty about funding for … Continue reading Rep. Frierson: Medicaid expansion will reduce education funding.

Plunkett: More evidence of collaboration to steal public funds at Mississippi Dept. of Education.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett I first noticed a blog post by the Bigger Pie Forum that published emails showing the Dept. of Education's interior politics and pressures when it comes to school rankings on May 10 through a tweet. Now that story has been picked up by the Clarion Ledger. It ran this morning. … Continue reading Plunkett: More evidence of collaboration to steal public funds at Mississippi Dept. of Education.

Rep. Frierson: MAEP calculation results in more money for administration, less for classroom.


(Rep. Herb) Frierson authored a bill, which did not pass, to reassess how the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula is calculated. The current formula, he said, funnels too few dollars to the classroom. Revisiting how the formula is calculated would help more money get to instructors, he said. “If we re-ran the MAEP formula, there’d … Continue reading Rep. Frierson: MAEP calculation results in more money for administration, less for classroom.

Sen. Hob Bryan not happy about additional funding for MAEP.


Funding for public schools is expected to be about the same in the coming year as it is this budget year. During a debate last week, Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, criticized budget writers for moving $20 million out of a fund for public school buildings. The money is being routed into the schools’ basic funding … Continue reading Sen. Hob Bryan not happy about additional funding for MAEP.

Education bills survive Tuesday deadline, move to full House and Senate for more work.


Below is a list of some of the top Education legislation to survive the latest deadline at the state capitol as reported by the AP. CHARTER SCHOOLS -- House Bill 369 and Senate Bill 2189 would broaden the legal authority to create charter schools in Mississippi and set up a new board to oversee such … Continue reading Education bills survive Tuesday deadline, move to full House and Senate for more work.

MAEP: HB 1530 could reduce current education spending by $100 million.


House Bill 1530 would require the state Department of Education to recalculate each year the base student cost that drives MAEP. When the formula was originally enacted in 1997, annual recalculation was required. Several years ago, lawmakers changed recalculation to once every four years. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said an annual update … Continue reading MAEP: HB 1530 could reduce current education spending by $100 million.