School Choice is a Sleazy Carnival Game

By James Comans, editor at MSEDBLOG School Choice is a sleazy carnival game, and Betsy DeVos is the queen sideshow barker. You know how the scheme works- the carnies roll into town from parts unknown, pump in some music and neon lights to dazzle you, and they give you… an opportunity. A game to play. […]

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William Winter remarks at “It ALL Starts with Education” Summer Forum

“We hear it all the time: we just can’t afford it. Let me tell you something. We can afford whatever we want to afford.” Thank you, Mr. Hughes. Let me just say: Jay Hughes represents the kind of leadership that this state badly needs. I encourage him to continue his efforts. And thank you to […]

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Open Mic Q & A with MS Legislators and University Higher Ed 

This is a very brief summary of what was discussed during this panel session, and it may have errors. I apologize in advance. People talk fast. Video of the full panel discussion will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over.   (From Left to Right) Senator Bill Stone, Marshall and Tate […]

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5 Minute Power Speeches – “Ideas for Inspiration & Change”

Because these are prepared remarks by the speakers, I will not try to provide an abbreviation of words and pauses specifically chosen for effect.  I have chosen a couple of “golden lines’ for each- standout quotes. Video of the full panel will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over.  TEACHERS OF […]

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Panel Discussion: Understanding the Legislative Process and How to Effectuate Change

The following is a “Live Tweet”-style summary of the panel. Video of the full panel will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over. If I’ve made any errors, please let me know.  Panel: Dr. Andy Mullins, Rep. Tom Miles, Rep. Kabir Karriem, Sen. Bill Stone, Rep. Steve Massengill, Rep. Jay Hughes […]

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Listening to Educators: An Interview With Summit Organizer Jay Hughes

By James Comans, Editor at MSEDBLOG On July 22 and 23, educators and community stakeholders from around the state will converge at the Jackson Convention Center for the  “Summer Education Forum.” It is to be “a completely open and free zone for ideas, inspiration and appreciation” concerning Mississippi’s public schools. With keynote speakers, discussion panels, and […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing (Full Blog Series List)

By James Comans There are several things about standardized testing in Mississippi that you, the taxpayer, probably don’t know. It’s not because nobody knows it’s happening, or because we educators don’t want you to know… It’s just kind of like “Fight Club”… we are not supposed to talk about it.  So, in this blog series, I did […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #7: The Worship of Testing Undermines Real Solutions

By James Comans Welcome to the last of “7 Hidden Truths of Testing.”  Today, I’d like to take a look at the consequences of trusting too much in the power of standardized testing.  Hidden Truth #7: The worship of testing undermines real solutions Testing doesn’t actually fix anything. Assessment is useful information. It’s valuable for […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #6: Testing Materials are Top Secret

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing.” Last time, we discussed the negative impact the modern testing culture is having on teacher health. Today: What’s going on between your child and that computer screen? Hidden Truth #6: Testing materials are Top Secret.  We’ve talked about lots of hidden truths of testing […]

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