Mississippi's K-12 teachers lobbied hard for a $4000 across-the-board raise this legislative session. After all, it's an election year, when even stingy, "anti-big-government" legislators like to strike their most generous poses. Instead the teachers got a mere $1500 raise, less than 40% of their ask. Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, was … Continue reading When will Mississippi public school teachers get more militant?
I had the opportunity to hear Mayor Barker speak about public education at the Train Depot on Wednesday afternoon. He was both prepared and personable, and made thoughtful, no doubt sincere, remarks concerning the essential elements of public school system success – a success that he insisted is pivotal to the success of Hattiesburg as … Continue reading Public schools success requires adequate public funding, period