State paying Iowa consulting firm $38K to find next Superintendent of Education.


Consultant Gary Ray and his employees will survey educational leaders and associations about what they want to see in the next superintendent, drawing up a profile that the board could approve by the end of the month. The candidate pool would be winnowed to a group of 8 to 12 people, with the board making … Continue reading State paying Iowa consulting firm $38K to find next Superintendent of Education.

Thousands of MS public school seniors flunk exams required to graduate.


Mississippi officials are trying to retest hundreds of high school seniors who flunked exams that are required for graduation. Seniors statewide are streaming to Mississippi State University to get over the hurdle and receive diplomas with classmates. Any student who needs to pass only one exam to graduate is being offered the chance to try … Continue reading Thousands of MS public school seniors flunk exams required to graduate.

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.

Snowden: Medicaid sponging up education dollars.


BY: Rep. Greg Snowden A few years ago, a then prominent member of the House Appropriations Committee (a Democrat who no longer serves in the Legislature) stated during floor debate that “Medicaid is a cancer which will eat up the General Fund.” This legislator was not trashing the Medicaid program itself, which he in fact … Continue reading Snowden: Medicaid sponging up education dollars.

Anderson: Take a closer look at Common Core authors


BY: Rita Anderson Dot Ward’s column warning of the Common Core state standards in the Clarion Ledger appeared on the same day, coincidentally, that I received a MississippiPEP article with more detailed warnings. Keith Plunkett points out that Marc Tucker, who spoke to a MS Department of Education forum in 2011 and is a chief … Continue reading Anderson: Take a closer look at Common Core authors

Harrison: Will charter schools survive a constitutional challenge?


The Legislature passed a comprehensive charter school law that allows public funds to be spent on charter schools that do not have to adhere to many of the guidelines and governance of traditional public schools. In return, the schools agree to a charter to meet certain goals. On the surface, there does not appear to … Continue reading Harrison: Will charter schools survive a constitutional challenge?

Plunkett: Gulfport High School’s Academic Institute sounds very familiar.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Back on September 3, 2011 Mississippi PEP was a month-old website. At the time, I was the only person writing and linking articles from state news sources to the site. I was focused a great deal on public education as the state prepared to take on the charter school issue, … Continue reading Plunkett: Gulfport High School’s Academic Institute sounds very familiar.

Bennett: Mississippi’s education policymakers must continue reform with vouchers.


BY: Eric Bennett @ericbennett18 The Charter Schools Bill, House Bill 369, which was recently passed by the Mississippi Legislature, was a great start for improving Mississippi schools, but it is not the final destination. Countless kids in Mississippi are still stuck in failing schools and not all will be able to find a spot in … Continue reading Bennett: Mississippi’s education policymakers must continue reform with vouchers.

Rankin Superintendent accused of retaliatory job threat.


Rankin County schools Superintendent Lynn Weathersby allegedly tried to tie up the renewal of an assistant principal’s contract in retaliation for his son-in-law being passed over for a promotion. The contract has since been renewed, ending a related investigation, but complaints about those allegations have gone to the county district attorney and to the school … Continue reading Rankin Superintendent accused of retaliatory job threat.

Ed Board adds graduation rates to school rating system.


The system for the 2012-13 school year adds graduation rates to the calculation of A-to-F grades for high schools and school districts. The board also opened a proposal for a future system to evaluate schools and districts for public comment, a step toward final approval. Lawmakers pushed for a new grading system after the board … Continue reading Ed Board adds graduation rates to school rating system.