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Education funding

Letters to the Editor

Jim Shollenberger writes to say that Initiative 42 will help education in Mississippi by improving funding while the alternative offered by the Legislature offers little to nothing. The Lafayette-Oxford-University MLK Day of Service Planning Committee writes to thank all int he community who took part in Monday’s event. (January 21, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Strict party-line voting usually leaves something to be desired

    When lawmakers, at any level, vote strictly according to the party line, it makes us wonder if they’re interested in what’s best for everyone. We were disappointed to see that earlier this week in Jackson, and call on both parties to have productive debates and compromise more often. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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      Education funding talk, vote should not be so party-oriented

      Mississippi representatives and senators passed a resolution that will place an alternative to Initiative 42 — that requires the Legislature to fully fund MAEP annually — on the ballot this fall. We have two concerns about the votes: that is was along party lines and that men representing Lafayette County and its education-oriented electorate would vote to muddy the water on an education funding issue. (January 15, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Republican rep’s words could backfire

        We hope all our state lawmakers do what’s best for the state when it comes to dealing with new laws, changes to laws and funding. We also suggest they watch carefully what they say, especially if it’s something they would really rather be left alone. (January 12, 2015, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Terry and Chris McGill write an open letter to the community about the wonderful hospitality their experienced on their trip to the Ole Miss-Alabama football game, while Patsy Brumfield writes to thank all of those who signed and help round up signatures for the Better Schools, Better Jobs amendment drive. (October 22, 2014, Page 4A)

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            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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