HARRISON: State leaders intent on tax cuts


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Even with state revenue collections sluggish, raising the specter of mid-year cuts to state agency budgets, Mississippi’s political leadership apparently is still eyeing possible tax cuts during the 2016 session. Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, indicated in […]


Koonlaba: The Facts About School Choice- A History (Part 2)


This is Part 2 of A History of School Choice in America. In Part 1, I explained the school choice movement beginning with Brown v. Board of Education and ending in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan was president. By the 1990s, school choice had gained even more traction. Political scientists John E. Chubb and Terry […]


Everyday Advocate: Darein Spann


The Mississippi Education Blog is thankful for public school advocates today, on Thanksgiving, and every single day of the year. Darein Spann is a Mississippi educator.  He has been a long-time advocate for Mississippi’s public schools. He is a member of the Mississippi Association of Educators and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Education […]


Koonlaba: What do you think about how Common Core has affected introverted students?


I read an interesting article titled Does Common Core Hurt Introverted Students? by Alison DeNisco in District Administration magazine online. This article claims that the Common Core standards-driven push for project-based learning and collaboration primarily accommodates extroverts and unfairly punishes introverts. What do you think about how Common Core has affected introverted students? Do you agree or disagree? […]


JACKSON FREE PRESS: Provine: Academics, Behavior ‘Go Up Together’


Principal Laketia Marshall-Thomas believes that good behavior at Provine High School is about getting creative. The school’s mascot, the Rams, is also an acronym that represents school-wide expectations in Responsibility, Achievement, Motivation and Safety. RAMS expectations are posted throughout the school with specific rules depending on location. In the hallway, for example, the Responsibility rules […]