MDE administrator moonlights as consultant

A Mississippi Department of Education administrator serves as CEO for a consulting company that does out-of-state work, including some project work that requires his full involvement more than 1,000 miles away.

JP Beaudoin, who oversees six MDE offices as chief of research and development, is listed as CEO of Baton Rouge-based Research in Action Inc. in a contract with the Delaware Department of Education.

Beaudoin, who would not comment, began his post with MDE last August after his company provided $225,104 in contract work to the department. He earns a salary of $158,000 from MDE, according to Mississippi Board of Education meeting minutes, and was initially appointed to lead the office of student assessment and accountability.

Clarion Ledger