Bigger Pie Forum believes a well-trained and educated work force is critical to the success of any community. BPF's agenda to ensure that all students receive a quality education is centered on four tenets: teachers matter; curriculum counts; choice and competition work; and accountability and innovation are essential.
Public education advocates have always wanted more K-12 education spending, but more spending hasn’t paid off. Mississippi ACT composite scores since 2013 have either declined or remained constant, down from a high of 19 in 2015. Mississippi policymakers need to see this as a call to action to improve the results of K-12 education. If the state’s education system can’t create an educated workforce able to thrive in the economy of tomorrow, we’ll continue to fall behind other states.
Nearly one quarter of Mississippi students attending public school do so at schools rated as failing by the Mississippi Department of Education. Out of 477,633 students in public school, 117,368 of them are at a school that received a D or an F from the MDE’s annual accountability scores.
Jackson voters will take to the polls on August 7 to decide whether to pass a $65 million bond issue to repair discrepancies uncovered during the Mississippi Department of Education’s audit. Has the JPS Board been a good steward of taxpayer money?
Are there expansion opportunities for JROTC in Mississippi? Yes indeed, and they need to be pursued. JROTC works. It works because it brings the right capabilities and a tough love commitment to critical tasks that are vital to the long-term future of education in Mississippi.
Our view: Parents need to assert their rights on schools. There are all sorts of movements seeking expanded rights in our nation. Gay rights. Gun rights. Women’s rights. But there is no movement on the right of parents to choose the best school for their child.
“Of our total graduate pool fifty percent get jobs inside Mississippi,” Keith said. “We are working very carefully with the Mississippi Development Authority in collaboration with Mississippi State University’s Office of Research and Economic Development to do more to attract more industries to our state.