Proponents of government education getting testy over #CommonCore, threaten a “knock down drag out fight”.


Originally posted on Mississippi PEP:

WDAM reports that state school board member Bill Jones of Petal called opposition to Common Core and the creation of replacement standards “foolish”.

“To undo what we’ve already started doing or start over… is really quite foolish,” said Jones.

Jones said opponents of the standards have “created a myth” that Common Core is controlled by the government and said it is “right near insanity.”

Jones said the Common Core debate has became political to the point of being a campaign issue for some in the state.

“Now they find themselves in order to win a Tea Party Primary, they have to be opposed to standards that are really beneficial to the children of this state,” he said.

Jones said the state board does not plan on moving away from the standards, which are also referred to as College and Career Readiness Standards, and said it will be a “knock down…

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AP: MS Dept. Of Education’s authority is eroding, state drifting toward “constitutional crisis.”


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The steady erosion of the state Board of Education’s authority was thrown into sharp relief last week, when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves proposed bypassing the board to rewrite academic standards and Gov. Phil Bryant said lawmakers and the people — not the state superintendent of education or the board — are in charge of the state’s school system.

Lawmakers and the governor have been nibbling away for years at the power of the board, created by voters in a 1982 amendment to the Mississippi Constitution.

Now, though, with state Superintendent Carey Wright steadfastly defending use of the Common Core State Standards, Mississippi could be drifting toward a minor constitutional crisis.

The amendment says it’s the board’s job to “formulate policies according to law” for the state Department of Education and the state’s 146 school districts.

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BRYANT: We should listen to parents concerns over #CommonCore


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BY: Governor Phil Bryant

In 2008, a new system of public education standards was discussed by the National Governors Association. The new standards, called Common Core, would emphasize problem solving and competitiveness and would ensure that students throughout the nation met certain achievement benchmarks. The concept sounded solid, and we were assured that this was a state-led initiative with no federal control or connection to federal funds.

Now in 2014, we know something went terribly wrong. State control over the standards turned out to be a myth, and adopting the standards has been required if a state wants to even apply for major federal education funding. So much for no federal control.

With good reason, states and parents have become increasingly concerned that Common Core is not what it first seemed and that it may not be right for our schools. I have attended several meetings with other governors where…

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BEDWELL: MDA should be dismantled and regulations removed to attract business to Mississippi


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BY: Danny Bedwell

The manner in which we do business in Mississippi is changing and I’m not certain it is for the better.

For thousands of years, the old adage about building a better mouse trap stood true. But unfortunately, it is no longer necessary to build a better product at a cheaper price. Businesses have found that it is much cheaper to just buy the favors of the political harlots in Jackson than it is to compete in a free and unfettered marketplace. It is because of this recent trend of coupling government with industry that the rules have changed. Cronyism and corporatism have replaced capitalism as our economic system, and this is not good.

The major players of this new centrally planned economic system are the Governor, the State Legislature and…

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Olive Branch High School teacher caught sleeping away hour and a half long class



Disappointing, although not surprising!

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The father of an Olive Branch High School student wants to know why his daughter’s substitute teacher was sleeping so soundly he didn’t notice students laughing and taking pictures.

The father, who asked to only be identified as Rob, is appalled that the 11th grade substitute biology teacher slept through most of the 1 1/2 hour long class. His daughter took a photo of the sleeping teacher.

“I put it on Facebook and just said, ‘Look at my daughter’s substitute teacher,’” he said.

Rob’s daughter took the picture because she thought it was funny, but he didn’t find it as humorous.

“I’m trying to get her to do good in school,” Rob said.

His daughter said the substitute teacher handed the students a packet, then fell asleep, occasionally waking up as students laughed at him.

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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation




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By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was…

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FOLEY: Our Inheritance


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BY: Devin Foley

As I consider our modern culture this Thanksgiving morning, I am struck by the contrast between our lives and those of our forefathers.

Materially, there can be no doubt that our wealth exceeds theirs immeasurably. But I fear that the wealth that I want most for myself and my children has been spent. Have we become spiritually poor?

Consider this account of the Pilgrims during the winter of 1621 from A Brief History of the Pilgrims:

“In two or three months time half of their company died, especially in January and February, being in the depth of winter, and wanting houses and other comforts, being infected with the scurvy and other diseases which this long voyage had brought upon them; so as they died sometimes two or three of a day; that of the hundred and odd persons, scarce fifty remained. And of these in the time…

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