WATSON: For Elected Officials who won’t roll up their sleeves– “shame on them”.


BY: Senator Michael Watson--@MichaelWatsonMS In a recent news report published in the Clarion Ledger on education, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves questions the timing of the inquiry into Common Core standards by myself and my colleagues in the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition. One might think based on his comments that bad policy has a statute of … Continue reading WATSON: For Elected Officials who won’t roll up their sleeves– “shame on them”.

Senate Conservative Coalition Policy Chairman Michael Watson criticizes bias at Daily Journal over Common Core


The Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition today released a copy of a Letter to the Editor sent to Daily Journal Editor Lloyd Gray by Senator Michael Watson. In the letter, Watson strongly condemns the Daily Journal’s biased reporting on Common Core, specifically questioning a recent report by Daily Journal writer Chris Kieffer. READ HERE Kieffer writes … Continue reading Senate Conservative Coalition Policy Chairman Michael Watson criticizes bias at Daily Journal over Common Core

Senate Conservatives want answers from MDE on Common Core, say money not standards drove adoption.


The Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition (MSCC) today released a copy of a letter the group is sending to Mississippi Superintendent of Education Lynn House regarding the development of the Common Core Standards and their impact on Mississippi students achievement. The correspondence lists 14 questions pertaining to the development of the standards. MSCC plans to send … Continue reading Senate Conservatives want answers from MDE on Common Core, say money not standards drove adoption.

PLUNKETT: Government school shill Nancy Loome comes out swinging for Common Core.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The Mississippi Department of Education's lap dog lobbyist Nancy Loome of the Parents Campaign (don't let the name fool you, parents have nothing to do with it) is at it again spreading misleading and outright incorrect information about Common Core Standards and the implementation in Mississippi Schools. In a recent … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Government school shill Nancy Loome comes out swinging for Common Core.

ANDERSON: A Conversation with David Coleman, architect of Common Core.


BY: Rita Anderson ms3rs Yesterday I participated in a conference call along with Rob Chambers and Dr. Jimmy Porter of the Christian Action Commission, Dr. Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, and Sen. Angela Hill in which we were able to question David Coleman, College Board president and chief architect of the … Continue reading ANDERSON: A Conversation with David Coleman, architect of Common Core.

HILL: Senator Jones’ response to Common Core concerns loaded with falsehoods.


BY: Senator Angela Hill Recently, my colleague in the Senate, Senator Kenny Wayne Jones, released a statement taking the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition to task for questioning the new Common Core Standards being implemented in Mississippi. He is short on evidence to support his claims and makes several false statements. It boggles my mind that the … Continue reading HILL: Senator Jones’ response to Common Core concerns loaded with falsehoods.

PLUNKETT: Common Core endangers innovation and choices in education.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The announcement by Senate Conservatives last week that they uncovered evidence of racial quotas and associated race-based rewards for schools in the Mississippi Department of Education’s implementation plans for Common Core seemed to catch education bureaucrats, senate leadership and the media flatfooted. The immediate response from education officials in the … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Common Core endangers innovation and choices in education.

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.

New school and district letter grade accountability system numbers released by Dept. of Education


The following was released by the Mississippi Department of Education ahead of a vote by the State Board expected to approve the rankings this morning: The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) today officially released letter grades for schools and districts for the first time, reflecting double-digit improvement among schools in the “A” and “B” classifications … Continue reading New school and district letter grade accountability system numbers released by Dept. of Education

PEP Talk Podcast: 7-30-12: School choice in Mississippi with Lance Izumi


Listen to Managing Editor Keith Plunkett's interview with Lance Izumi, one of the foremost education reform researchers in the country, on the eve of his meetings here in Mississippi with key legislators and Governor Phil Bryant. In the interview they discuss Governor Bryant's push for merit based teacher pay, the actual state of what Mississippi’s Department … Continue reading PEP Talk Podcast: 7-30-12: School choice in Mississippi with Lance Izumi