Mississippi Ed Dept. travel forms spotty

The Council of Chief State School Officers, a prominent player on the national education stage, covered most of the cost of State Superintendent Carey Wright’s trip last year to Shanghai, China, for a diplomacy event.

It cost the state $789.

But offsetting what may be considered a nominal expense for such a trip are Wright’s travel records, which went to the wrong agency for approval — a violation that can have costly consequences.

Wright did not submit the paperwork to the Department of Finance and Administration for approval as required under state law, instead getting approval from the Board of Education president, John Kelly.

Clarion Ledger
9/24/16