BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett (UPDATE: Editor Lloyd Gray claims the loss of data on the specific dates are simply a coincidence and it was due to system problems. A very interesting coincidence, indeed. Believable? You decide. But, unlike the Daily Journal's biased report that started all this mess, I'm at least willing to update … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Senator Watson calls out Daily Journal for bias, they respond by deleting evidence.
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.
Mississippi lawmakers are considering a sweeping plan that could remove more than 100 low-performing schools from local school board control for unknown periods of time. The Senate Education Committee added the proposal to House Bill 890 Tuesday. It says the state Department of Education must take over any F-rated school that doesn’t reach a C … Continue reading Senate Committee adds school takeover language to HB 890.
To kill competitive Charter Schools, Desoto County Superintendent Milton Kuykendall is again joining forces with the Parents Campaign. BY: B. Keith Plunkett You may remember the late push by the Parent’s Campaign during the state elections last year to defeat Republicans with a slanted “grading system” of state elected officials. The message to teachers and school … Continue reading Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing: Parent’s Campaign, Education Superintendent lobbying should worry parents and anger taxpayers
A new bill in the state Senate would let students cross district lines to attend charter schools. The bill, discussed Thursday in the Senate Education Committee, would send local tax money along with the student to any charter school, even if the charter school is in another public school district. Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray … Continue reading Bill would overhaul charter school rules
The Mississippi Senate has voted to merge the three school districts in Sunflower County into a single district. Senate Bill 2330 moves to the House for further consideration. It would require a new school board and an appointed superintendent. Senate Education Committee chairman, Gray Tollison, said Wednesday the consolidation would save local taxpayers $1.2 million … Continue reading Breaking: Mississippi Senate Votes to Merge Three School Districts
Senate committee assignments were announced this morning at the state capitol. We'll get back with further discussion and analysis, but there were a few assignments that standout. 1. Recent Republican convert Gray Tollison, Senator from Oxford was named to lead the Education Committee. Senator Michael Watson, the author of charter school legislation in the last … Continue reading Mississippi Senate Committee assignments announced.
The 2012 session, at the start of a four-year term, lasts for 120 days. Thats longer than the 90-day sessions that will follow in the next three years. The extra time may be welcomed by an unusually large crop of new lawmakers. There will be 32 new members in the 122-seat House, and 15 new … Continue reading Legislative session marks GOP dominance
NEMS is reporting: OXFORD – Mississippi's Republican Party said today it will announce at 4 p.m. "a major development" for the GOP in the state Senate. It's widely believed that longtime liberal, Oxford Democrat Gray Tollison's party switch is the "development." Tuesday, Tollison was re-elected to the Senate as the climax of a dispute by … Continue reading More intrigue in SD 9: NEMS360.com is reporting party switcher could be Tollison. Wonder what Todd Wade thinks of that?
State lawmakers could examine Mississippi's rural water associations with an eye toward stronger regulation when the next legislative session begins in January. The interest comes after allegations surfaced about alleged wrongdoing at North Lee County Water Association and widespread customer complaints about being denied access to that association's board meetings. "You need to have a … Continue reading Problems at north Miss. board brought scrutiny | The Associated Press | News | Washington Examiner