The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Editorial, 5/13/8

Gov. Haley Barbour made big news last month by signing a $2.5 billion appropriation that provides the most state tax money ever for K-12 education.

For those convinced that more money is what makes schools better, it still won’t be enough.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann made less news in January by trying to ratchet up, however slightly, funds for schools from a non-tax source most people may have heard about, but don’t understand.

What Hosemann did was place on the Internet for the first time a list of all 16th Section leases in Mississippi. Although Hosemann plans to add more interactivity, the idea is to shine more light on an aspect of school funding steeped in history – and in chicanery.