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Mississippi State Personnel Board Director Deanne Mosley issued the following statement Friday night regarding the rejection of a four-year contract for Common Core testing.

“As communicated to Superintendent Wright and her staff, the $8 million contract she submitted could not be approved as a legal and proper expenditure of taxpayer funds as it did not follow Mississippi procurement laws. The New Mexico officials who selected this vendor to receive the contract did not take into account and did not follow Mississippi laws in place to protect Mississippi taxpayers.

PSCRB and MDE staffs worked diligently for months in an effort to determine if this contract could be legally approved. However, the end result was that it could not be legally approved.

The contract could not be approved as a sole-source contract since it does not meet the legal requirements of a sole-source contract. To be approved as a sole-source and awarded…

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