Many of Mississippi's public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi's A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. RELATED>>>#PEPTalk Podcast interview with Lance Izumi on the state of Mississippi schools and the threat of #CommonCore Under grades … Continue reading Without waivers, 16 Mississippi school districts would have lost “A” ratings.
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.
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
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.
BY: Senator Angela Hill Last week, I and my fellow Senators in the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition found evidence of racially discriminatory policy in testing expectations arising from the adoption and implementation of Common Core State standards in Mississippi. These standards are currently being rolled out across the state by the Mississippi Department of Education. … Continue reading HILL: Mississippi Can Do Better Than Common-Core
The Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition (MSCC) announced today that member legislators plan to take a closer look at the Common Core Curriculum currently being implemented across the state, citing more overreach from the federal government, higher than expected costs, potentially lower overall standards, and the most recent revelation of possible race-based standards in the program … Continue reading Senate Conservatives say Common Core’s race-based standards a case of blatant discrimination.
Last week the Department of Education announced that they were able to hire only 24 reading coaches, just shy of a third of the 75 budget positions for the pilot program. You’ll forgive my cynicism, but I find the line coming out of the Mississippi Department of Education hard to believe. Interim state superintendent Dr. … Continue reading HALL: MDE inability to find qualified reading coaches smells like a political power play.
The ranking Mississippi schools and districts receive this fall could stick for three years. That’s because the state is switching to new more in-depth objectives for its classrooms to greater emphasize critical-thinking skills. By freezing its school rankings, the Mississippi Department of Education hopes schools can better prepare for those Common Core State Standards. “We … Continue reading Dept. of Ed. plays more shenanigans with school rankings to implement Common Core.
Mississippi Democrats are renewing their calls for more education funding in the state budget. Rep. Rufus Straughter, a Democrat from Belzoni, chaired a Monday hearing held by Democrats. Straughter says Mississippi has consistently underfunded public schools over the past few years. Rep. John Hines, a Democrat from Greenville, presented data from the Mississippi Department of … Continue reading Democrat Hearing: Schools underfunded $962 million since 2009.
Want to know how your local public school and district ranked in the Mississippi Accountability Rankings? You can find them all here. Source: Mississippi Dept. of Education Related articles Not as Good as You Think: MCPP Liberty Luncheon speaker Lance Izumi delivers a sobering message about "affluent" government school districts in Mississippi (mississippipep.wordpress.com)