Blankenhorn: Repair MAEP, strengthen accountability

Changes in the Mississippi Department of Education structure and programs should be examined before the outcry for more funding. Proper funding is critical, but how it is used is equally as important.

MDE is a big business and would profit if it used private business principles such as changing organizational structure and revamping programs when there is mission shortfall. No private business would ignore education’s decades of unacceptable results. There should be penalties attached to undetected and unattended poor results….

…State Auditor Stacey Pickering and his most capable staff have produced and broadly distributed detailed information about the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. As required by law, he reports annually on the estimate calculation of the MAEP formula. These reports go to top state executives and legislative leaders.