Reading numerous accounts of the recently concluded legislative session in Jackson, I must say I don’t feel the same exuberance for all that was accomplished as many state leaders themselves apparently do.
Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves were determined to make the 2013 session “transformative” for education in Mississippi and to their credit, many new approaches were implemented such as a 3rd grade reading gate, enhanced standards for new teachers, charter schools, funding for armed security, and the long overdue support of pre-K.
I see the reading gate, which prohibits students not at reading level to be promoted beyond the third grade, a great step, as well as efforts to attract a higher caliber of students into the teaching profession.