BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Lt. Governor Tate Reeves election year political attempts to claim part of "his" agenda in the Mississippi Senate was successful, to end Common Core, continues to be dismissed by those on both sides of the issue. Immediately following passage of SB 2161, the bill Reeves claimed ended Common Core, state … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Reeves #CommonCore shell game backfires.
Through an amendment, the GOP-led House voted Tuesday to postpone for a year the "Third Grade Reading Gate," a measure passed in 2013 that would prevent third graders not reading proficiently from passing to fourth grade. HB745, a bill that would have allowed some students with disabilities to be passed, was amended by Rep. Lataisha … Continue reading Seven House Republicans join Democrats to postpone third-grade reading requirement.
The Brookhaven Tea Party doesn't believe the anti-Common Core measure backed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is anti-Common Core enough, and it warns that it's a plot by Reeves to help enrich former Gov. Haley Barbour "cronies and his K-Street lobbying firm." Reeves supports Senate legislation that creates of a 27-member commission to draft academic … Continue reading Brookhaven TEA Party calls Lt. Gov. Reeves out on #CommonCore stance.
Assistant teachers could see a $1,000 pay raise under a plan moving forward in the House. The House Education Committee approved House Bill 582 Wednesday, which would raise the employees' yearly salary to $14,000 a year from $13,000 a year. The committee originally considered a $500 increase, but agreed on $1,000. With 6,000 assistant teachers … Continue reading HB 582 would give teachers assistants $1,000 raise at total cost of $6 million to taxpayers.
BY: Bobby Harrison | Daily Journal Tea Party Republicans had entered the 2015 session saying they would not be satisfied with anything less than the elimination of Common Core standards, which they claim are part of an attempt by the federal government to take over local school districts. During debate of the proposal to change … Continue reading HARRISON: Speaker Gunn forces through bill to rename #CommonCore, won’t be as welcome in senate.
BY: Joy Pullman | Heartland Institute Choice in itself can seem to be a dangerous concept. After all, the mere act of choosing something does not make that act good. I can choose to kick the dog or pet him. The mere freedom to make a choice does not ensure its wisdom. So it seems … Continue reading PULLMAN: Behind the sloganeering of #SchoolChoice Week
BY: Sam Rocha In the polarized United States everyone agrees about something, although the ways that we agree, the terms that we use, and the things that we say are quite different. In short, we agree that schools are in bad shape. In nobody’s view are schools doing well. Expressions of this agreement, from left … Continue reading ROCHA: The Schooling Consensus
State Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has proposed two bills designed to increase education funding. However, he said Tuesday he isn't confident either will get out of committee. One, requiring Mississippi to fully fund education under an existing state formula -- one that has been fully followed only twice since its inception in 1997 … Continue reading Democrat Rep. David Baria files two bills aimed at “fully funding” education, expects neither to get very far.
The Mississippi Faith and Freedom Coalition called on the House and Senate leadership to provide solid legislation to repeal Common Core State Standards “CCSS” that matches their public promises and recent headlines. The Coalition views House Bill 156 authored by Speaker Gunn as a simple rebranding of the standards providing no outright repeal of CCSS … Continue reading Group says #CommonCore repeal bills proposed by Speaker Gunn and Sen. Carmichael don’t allow local control.
BY: Steve Wilson | Watchdog.org The fight over a possible property tax increase in Oktibbeha County to fund school consolidation is now in the hands of a state-appointed conservator after a petition drive appeared to fall just short of the goal line. Dennis Daniels, a candidate for county supervisor and one of the leaders of … Continue reading WILSON: Oktibbeha School’s Attorney rejects signatures to defeat tax increase because petitioners one minute past deadline.