House may offer way for school districts to bypass voters and take on more debt


House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, who's sponsoring the bill says districts would like a chance to borrow again. "In the areas where there's need for more school buildings, more classroom space, it probably would be an advantage," Moore said. His bill would increase the amount of money a district could pledge to $195 … Continue reading House may offer way for school districts to bypass voters and take on more debt

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Mississippi Superintendent of Education asks for $305 million to fund MAEP


According to reports: Mississippi's top education official is requesting an additional $305 million for the coming year - a request he acknowledges is unlikely to be fulfilled. State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham says the biggest part of the request is $255 million to meet requirements of a complex funding formula. The formula, called the … Continue reading Mississippi Superintendent of Education asks for $305 million to fund MAEP

Legislative Priority–Appointed Superintendents of Education


Appointed versus elected school superintendents is a topic that has been debated for years and if things go as State Rep. Gary Chism (R-Columbus) plans, it’s a topic that will no doubt lead to further debate in the Mississippi Legislature this January. Chism has introduced 12 bills trying to mandate appointed superintendents since his 1999 … Continue reading Legislative Priority–Appointed Superintendents of Education

Fran Tarkenton: What if the NFL Played by Teachers’ Rules? – WSJ.com


By FRAN TARKENTON Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality. Each player's salary is based on how long he's been in the league. It's about tenure, not talent. The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he's an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster. For every year … Continue reading Fran Tarkenton: What if the NFL Played by Teachers’ Rules? – WSJ.com

Schools: Appoint superintendents | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com


There is one major education reform in Mississippi that could be accomplished easily and would not cost anything - requiring that all school superintendents be appointed. Electing school superintendents is a throwback to another era when small community school districts voted on school leaders. It sounds so democratic. But it simply is bad policy that … Continue reading Schools: Appoint superintendents | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Mississippi Educators–Please read this . . . .


"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."  John Wooden  Below is an excerpt from a NYT article on education. The entire article is a long read, but a good one for anyone interested in truly educating children, and looking outside of the box that we find our kids trapped in today. We … Continue reading Mississippi Educators–Please read this . . . .

East Mississippi Superintendents Meet


Districts that are part of the East Mississippi Center for Educational Development met Thursday in Meridian to discuss the recent accountability ratings issued by the state and also legislation that is upcoming in the legislature next year. The monthly meeting gives superintendents a chance to discuss issues and share ideas with their neighboring districts. The … Continue reading East Mississippi Superintendents Meet

Local workers express worry over PERS future | Starkville Daily News


Current and former public service workers in Starkville are sharing in statewide concerns about a commission assigned to study Mississippi’s Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and recommend changes. Gov. Haley Barbour announced the commission’s creation Aug. 9 and held a public hearing on the commission Sept. 14 in Jackson. After listening to comments from 15 … Continue reading Local workers express worry over PERS future | Starkville Daily News

Controversial author Marc Tucker to speak at MS Dept. of Education Statewide Forum Sept. 14


BY: B. Keith Plunkett  http://www.msmec.com/index.php/featured-news/11/389 Controversial author Marc Tucker is slated to be the speaker at a Mississippi Department of Education Forum on September 14. the event will be held at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin County Campus of Hinds Community College from 2-4 PM. Tucker is the CEO of the National Center … Continue reading Controversial author Marc Tucker to speak at MS Dept. of Education Statewide Forum Sept. 14