OUR OPINION: Vouchers don’t serve public education’s work

The Mississippi Legislature has made substantial initial progress toward education enhancement so far in the 2014 session, especially House approval this week of a multiyear $4,250 pay raise for teachers.

The vote on final passage was strongly bipartisan in favor of the bill.

That raise of course must be approved in the Senate, and that is not certain, but there’s a reasonable level of confidence it can be done.

Other education-related legislation alive and in process is not as encouraging.

Three voucher bills have passed out of committee, and all three, by virtue of being vouchers, demand scrutiny and defeat.

The voucher battle is not new in Mississippi.

Daily Journal
2/7/14