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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Education funding

Education funding hinges on ballot box

Thousands and thousands of Mississippians have signed petitions to place a referendum on the ballot in 2015 that would require complete funding of MAEP. That’s the first step; now we have to see how many people will go to the polls and vote for something that might raise their taxes or cut other services they want, too. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the issue which serves a good purpose — the education of our children — but promises to bring more discussion before it’s all said and done. (October 12, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Cristen Hemmins writes to say that Gov. Phil Bryant should be as concerned, or more, about helping all public schools kids as he has been about special needs children, while Rohini Patel writes to say that we need to look at inner beauty more than the changing illusion of outer appearances. (April 10, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Letters to the Editor

      Members of the Oxford School Board write give their impressions of impending bills in the state Legislature and to urge citizens to contact their legislators to vote No on HB 765 and SB2325 and to amend HB 1476. (March 3, 2014, Page 4)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Johnny W. Lott writes to stress the importance of education and to urge state lawmakers to use rainy day funds to deal with the underfunding issue in Mississippi. (February 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Who should decide about consolidation?

          There’s a “dirty” word going around the state when it comes to education issues – “consolidation.” Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how the state Legislature is dealing with consolidation as well as different considerations for different school districts. (February 19, 2014, Page 4)

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            Let’s communicate about education

            Editor Don Whitten points out inconsistencies in what lawmakers, educators and parents think is best for our children and schools – for example, in whether to decrease, increase of keep the amount of time at school – and urges them to communicate better with one another. (February 5, 2014, Page 4)

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              Letters to the Editor

              Anne Steel writes to say that one of the keys to improving education in Mississippi is to fully fund the Mississiappi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). (February 3, 2014, Page 4)

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                Local representative takes look at Medicaid expansion

                Brad Mayo, who represents Oxford and District 12 in the Mississippi House of Representatives, answers some questions and expresses some concerns about Medicaid expansion and costs in a guest column. (May 23, 2013, Page 4)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Members of the Oxford School Board write to explain their position, preferences and concerns when it comes to pending charter school legislation in Mississippi. (March 29, 2013, Page 4A)

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                    Letters to the Editor

                    Syl Moorhead takes a closer look at charter schools and points out some questions to be answered and problems to be worked out before they become widespread. (January 24, 2013, Page 4)

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