No one should be shocked by the high failure rate on Mississippi’s third-grade reading test this year. The only thing shocking is that the state’s educators did not better prepare the public for what they knew was coming.
Delbert Hosemann is a spry 71. He has the slim build of the longtime long-distance runner he is. Although he’s not done a half-marathon in two years, he still runs 3 or 4 miles every other day and keeps a 9-minute-per-mile pace. That wouldn’t be shabby for someone 30 years younger.
It’s been apparent for months that Cindy Hyde-Smith’s strategy to winning next month’s special election for the U.S. Senate is to ride the endorsement of Donald Trump — and not say or do anything that could possibly upset the erratic president.
When Betsy DeVos visited Holmes County this month, nary a word was spoken by the U.S. secretary of education about school choice, the innovation that she has championed for decades and for which she has been most criticized by public school advocates.
Here we go again. Mississippi gets its scores back on the statewide tests of public school students. The results are not all that was hoped for, so the standards get lowered to produce the desired outcome.