This weeks #7for7 has the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition digging for answers from government-school bureaucrats, while government-school bureaucrats attempt to wait out the clock and push propaganda to keep the pyramid scheme alive. The Attorney General's Office is the latest to flee downtown Jackson, sort of. We ask your thoughts on proposals to regulate texting-while-driving. … Continue reading #7for7: The fight for facts with #CommonCore, Hood heads North, Texting-while-driving and Barbers just wanna have fun.
The following article was originally posted July 30, 2012. Recently, education officials said they were having "difficulty" setting up measurements of the trial PBC programs. BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Governor Phil Bryant unveiled a plan on Friday to change the way teachers are paid in Mississippi from a seniority based system to one based … Continue reading #Rewind: Performance Based Compensation for teachers is patching leaks, we need a new ship.
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.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett I first noticed a blog post by the Bigger Pie Forum that published emails showing the Dept. of Education's interior politics and pressures when it comes to school rankings on May 10 through a tweet. Now that story has been picked up by the Clarion Ledger. It ran this morning. … Continue reading Plunkett: More evidence of collaboration to steal public funds at Mississippi Dept. of Education.
Gov. Phil Bryant continues to tout the "transformative" potential of new education measures. The Republican Bryant signed four bills into law Wednesday at Northwest Rankin High School, where he pledged last fall to seek many of the changes. Among the new laws is one that expands the authority to create charter schools — public schools … Continue reading Gov. Bryant signs education reform bills.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Democrats in concert with left-leaning groups continue to promote the idea that if the legislature allowed local school boards to decide on armed protection of students a teacher might mentally snap and injure or kill a child. The position indicates a severe lack of trust of teachers and their dedication … Continue reading Plunkett: Dems, civil rights groups continue pushing “angry teacher” narrative in fight against student protection.
Funding for public schools is expected to be about the same in the coming year as it is this budget year. During a debate last week, Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, criticized budget writers for moving $20 million out of a fund for public school buildings. The money is being routed into the schools’ basic funding … Continue reading Sen. Hob Bryan not happy about additional funding for MAEP.
Four decades later, Mississippi still has schools that offer only the barest of promise for students who want a real education, real opportunities, a real chance at success. As previously acknowledged, I don’t know to what extent charter schools can counter the shortcomings of failing school districts. Some of them may prove as ineffective as … Continue reading Castens: Charter schools offer a chance for change.
The Mississippi House passed a bill Thursday to create Mississippi's first state-funded prekindergarten program, in limited form. House Bill 781 would create a voluntary program for 4-year-olds in some parts of the state. A similar Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, passed last week. Both bills call for consortiums to be set up … Continue reading House and Senate Pre-K bills now go to conference for negotiation.
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