Sid Salter: Lawmakers wise to let vouchers bill die

The basic question to Mississippi lawmakers was this: After the Legislature’s very narrow “victory” in the battle over Initiative 42 — in which voters made clear that they were passionate about the state improving its educational system — was the next major education initiative of the Legislature to be approval of a plan to take public funds away from the public school system to fund private schools?

Cooler legislative heads obviously prevailed. While the Initiative 42 fight made clear that Mississippians weren’t willing to improve our educational system by dismantling the appropriations authority of the Legislature, voters made equally clear that they are concerned about providing quality public schools for all Mississippi children.