The early pre-session rumblings by legislators indicated they were ready to right what they deemed a failed public education system. That should have been a sign they were ready to work with state educators to improve public education in the state. As it turned out, that was not the case. Instead, the pre-session rumblings were a warning that what was about to happen to public education was not going to be pretty. Early in the 2015 session these rumblings turned into an outright assault on public schools as Republican legislators declared war against Mississippi educators.
Led by Governor Phil Bryant, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, Mississippi Speaker of the House, Phillip Gun, and House Education Chair, John L. Moore, the Mississippi Republican Party branded itself as the savior of Mississippi education. Their intentions were clear! They intended to rid Mississippi of the Common Core Standards that public schools had been working to implement for three years, reduce the power of the State Superintendent of Educat...
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...work collaboratively with educators for the good of Mississippi’s children.
Unfortunately, as disappointing as the current state of affairs for public school education is in Mississippi, there is little reason to believe anything will change with the 2016 session unless there is a change in leadership. Regrettably, that is not likely to happen. Mississippi bleeds Republican red, and often that means red even takes precedent over our children. So, unless there is a change in the Republican agenda to privatize public school education, a change in their reluctance to fully fund education, or there are some unexpected upsets in the November election, there is little chance the 2016 legislative session will offer educators the funding and support they so desperately need. This unlikelihood for change truly makes Mississippi a sad state for education and educators.
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