Government School Lobbyists: The wolves are back on the prowl


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The government school lobbyists are dusting off their their tired old rhetoric. In a Clarion Ledger article released this afternoon Nancy Loome of the Parents Campaign and Mississippi Association of Educators President Kevin Gilbert are pushing the familiar theme of “partnership” with legislators. Gilbert is quoted as saying, “We want … Continue reading Government School Lobbyists: The wolves are back on the prowl

Government School Lobbyists: The wolves are back on the prowl


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The government school lobbyists are dusting off their their tired old rhetoric. In a Clarion Ledger article released this afternoon Nancy Loome of the Parents Campaign and Mississippi Association of Educators President Kevin Gilbert are pushing the familiar theme of “partnership” with legislators. Gilbert is quoted as saying, “We want … Continue reading Government School Lobbyists: The wolves are back on the prowl

Not as Good as You Think: MCPP Liberty Luncheon speaker Lance Izumi delivers a sobering message about “affluent” government school districts in Mississippi


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett So called "affluent" school districts in Mississippi worked with the Superintendent's Association, the Parent's Campaign, Parent's for Public Schools, and other financially connected organizations to defeat a charter school bill in the legislature in 2012. The refrain of public school officials from those geographic areas considered to have "successful" or "high … Continue reading Not as Good as You Think: MCPP Liberty Luncheon speaker Lance Izumi delivers a sobering message about “affluent” government school districts in Mississippi

Senator Videt Carmichael delivers legislative news at Meridian meeting.


Carmichael said he would like to see the end of inventory taxes, but that's not likely to happen any time soon. "Right now we have a lot of our cities and our counties and other entities who depend upon those dollars so we can't just all of a sudden do without it unless we have … Continue reading Senator Videt Carmichael delivers legislative news at Meridian meeting.

Governor Bryant calls for performance based teacher pay


Gov. Phil Bryant wants to end Mississippi's statewide system of seniority-based teacher raises. Instead, the Republican governor wants each of the state's 151 school districts to design their own system to pay teachers according to student performance. Bryant released a merit pay report from Mississippi State University researchers at a Friday news conference. The report suggests basing merit … Continue reading Governor Bryant calls for performance based teacher pay

Rep. Tommy Woods to retire from Mississippi House July 30


Veteran state legislator Tommy Woods of Byhalia said Thursday his retirement from the Mississippi House of Representatives will be effective July 30. Woods, a Republican, announced earlier that he was retiring from the Legislature but said he delayed his departure at the behest of House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, in case he was needed to … Continue reading Rep. Tommy Woods to retire from Mississippi House July 30

Desoto County Republican Senator Chris Massey: “We don’t need to have charter schools come in and change what we have.”


State Sen. Chris Massey, R-Hernando, speaking before his largest audience yet since being elected to the Mississippi Legislature plans to recap the 2012 Legislative Session today as keynote speaker of the Hernando Main Street/Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon. Massey, who has spoken before a group of local realtors and other audiences, said today's address will … Continue reading Desoto County Republican Senator Chris Massey: “We don’t need to have charter schools come in and change what we have.”

Desoto Legislators still playing interference for government school interests against bill to toughen punishment of administrative grade changing.


House members sent Gov. Phil Bryant legislation Tuesday that would bar school administrators from changing student grades, a practice that legislators said some school districts consider routine. State law already prohibits the practice, but House Education Committee chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, said he was determined to end it and pushed the new legislation. Some school … Continue reading Desoto Legislators still playing interference for government school interests against bill to toughen punishment of administrative grade changing.

Charter schools and voucher program working in New Orleans, expanding throughout Louisiana


The sweeping legislation will put limits on teacher tenure, link their compensation partly to student performance, make it easier for communities to set up charter schools and expand the number of lower-income students who can use private school vouchers. Gov. Jindal's reforms offer real promise. Although Louisiana embraced higher academic standards and made students and … Continue reading Charter schools and voucher program working in New Orleans, expanding throughout Louisiana

Misinformation in Mississippi


With the great assistance of the DeSoto County legislators, the Mississippi House apparently killed the chance for our citizens to have a meaningful charter school statute passed during this session. The representatives stated they were voting the wishes of the DeSoto County citizens. I am sure the representatives were familiar with the details of the … Continue reading Misinformation in Mississippi