The Hattiesburg American Editorial, 12/28/8

IF MISSISSIPPI SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION Hank Bounds is going to make progress in addressing the myriad problems facing the state, he’s going to need help.

It’s going to have to come from each of us. More importantly, it’s going to have to come from the top. That means Gov. Haley Barbour, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Billy McCoy are going to have to provide leadership on these issues.

In December 1982, the Mississippi Legislature approved a wide ranging Education Reform Act that called for statewide kindergartens, more stringent compulsory education laws, changes in the state board of education and other major moves designed to improve the public school system.

And the lawmakers approved one of the biggest tax increases in state history to finance the improvements.