The Mississippi House of Representatives is to be commended for at least holding the line from last year on education funding for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The Senate’s proposal, however is $90 million less than what has passed the House and is totally unacceptable.
Our children’s futures should not continue to be ambushed. All across the state we hear of students without school books or desks, limited access to libraries and technology, classrooms growing in size with fewer teaching personnel, sinking test scores and high dropout rates. If the Senate proposal is adopted these conditions will be exacerbated.
Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald
Southern Regional Director
Children’s Defense Fund (SRO)