Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12, 2015

 

Jack and Lisa Reed back passage of Initiative 42

Lisa and I will be voting FOR Initiative 42 on Tuesday.

For these four reasons:

• We believe Mississippi’s most powerful enemy is poverty.

• We believe that a good public education system – pre-K thru 12th grade – is our most valuable resource to help our citizens become self-sufficient Mississippians.

• Given their consistent past refusals to fully fund a Minimum Adequate Education Program, our legislators have demonstrated that it is not their priority.

• By voting FOR Initiative 42 we, as citizens who care about our State, and care about each other, are simply saying, we want this to be the priority.

Jack Reed, Jr., Businessman

Former Mayor of Tupelo

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Voters can reverse legislators’ failures

Fact: Judges of one stripe or another have been involved with Mississippi education since 1954 when the U S Supreme Court ruled against segregated education in Brown v. Board of Education.

Fact: The Mississippi Legislature has had the legal responsibility to fully fund K-12 education since they passed the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, MAEP, in 1997.

Fact: The last year the Legislature fully funded MAEP, as required by law, was 2008.

Fact: In the last 7 years the Legislature has shorted educating Mississippi’s K-12 students ¢1.75 billion.

Fact: The Legislature has failed to fund MAEP in 15 of the last 17 years.

Fact: The Budget for the Great State of Mississippi shows over $20 billion  (that’s $20 with a B ) will be spent this year.

Fact: Fully funding MAEP would require 1.25 percent of the state budget annually.

Fact: None of this would be necessary if the Legislature had done their job of funding education since 1997.

Smoke, mirrors, exaggeration and threats should not enter into the discussion about the quality of K-12 education for the children of Mississippi. Voters have an opportunity to force the  Legislature to do something that is in the best interest of all Mississippians. Do not let a few power-seeking individuals control the destiny of education in Mississippi. Please join me in voting for Initiative 42 on November 3.

Richard Warriner, DDS

Tupelo

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