The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 2/8/9

Throughout all of the years of debates over all the issues of public education in Mississippi, talk about one education subject remains mysteriously quiet.

School consolidation is the elephant in the living room in the public education debate. It looms large as an issue, but politicians and educators alike just want to ignore it.

It’s easy to understand why.

It is an elephant that is ready to crush anyone politically who gets too close. Consolidation puts jobs on the line, upsets local political carts and even can affect local sports and all the small-town pride that goes into the teams.

Legislators from big communities and small alike fear the issue. It’s one that could take their picture off the wall at the Capitol. That political paralysis has got to end, however, and there may be a breakthrough.