Lawmakers, superintendents discuss state education policy

The William Carey College of Education hosted Senate education chairman Sen. Gray Tollison, (R) Oxford, Senate education committee member Sen. John Polk, (R) Hattiesburg and House education chairman Rep. John Moore to answer questions from district leaders and education students ranging from school choice to a state teacher shortage.

“I’m glad that we’re talking about teacher shortage,” said Matt Dillon, Petal Public Schools superintendent. “I think that is going to be something critical, and I’m glad that that something that they’re talking about and having conversations.”

Tollison said Mississippi raised starting teacher pay three years ago as an incentive to try to help the problem, but said he and Moore are looking to bring experienced educators back into classrooms.