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CLARION LEDGER – What do 3rd Congressional District candidates have to say on state, national issues?

What started as a crowded field of hopefuls vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat left open by Rep. Gregg Harper’s decision not to seek reelection has now come down to two candidates.

Will voters send a former firefighter turned state representative to Congress or a career district attorney?

Madison and Rankin counties District Attorney Michael Guest, a Republican, faces Democratic state Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston in the Nov. 6 general election.

Here’s a closer look at the candidates and where they stand on various issues.

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HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Carey Wright – A-F grading system empowers parents, leads to academic improvement

Parental and community engagement is essential to the success of schools, yet in the past, parents had been left in the dark about how their child’s school is performing.

Without transparent information, how can parents celebrate their school’s success or call on school and district leaders to improve academic programs that will lead to student success? The simple answer is they can’t, but with the right information, they can.

The Mississippi Legislature adopted a law in 2013 that established an A-F grading system, also referred to as the accountability system, so that parents could find out how students are achieving and progressing. An accountability system defines and measures what matters: overall student performance and progress, with extra focus on struggling students, and graduation rates and college and career readiness in high school.

A study released this month examined the relationships between poverty and a school’s academic performance (both student achievement and growth). Results showed that high poverty schools can still have high academic growth of students – an important part of our accountability system.