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October 17, 2012

Dear Editor,

As a Mississippian who cares deeply about education, Trenton Winford’s Oct. 10 column supporting for-profit charter schools troubles me. His reduction of a complex policy matter into a superficial appeal for competition resembles the same unsubstantiated debates that I’ve witnessed on the Senate floor in Jackson.  

October 10, 2012

​The main goal of a business is to earn a profit.
 
However, in order to do so, it must provide a product or service for which people are willing to pay. There has to be a balance between the quality of the service and the maximum profit.
 

​If a business provides a poor product, then its profits will be hurt. The business with the better products will increase its profits, if it is operating efficiently.
 

April 30, 2012

A new bill facing the Mississippi Legislature could allow certain areas to create state-funded private schools.

A new bill facing the Mississippi Legislature could allow certain areas to create state-funded private schools.

The Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012, or SB 2401, addresses the privatization of public schools. Failing schools, a rating of which is determined by the Mississippi Department of Education’s Accountability Results, would have the option to become private schools.

April 19, 2012

Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of education lists and statistic reports. Are charter schools the answer? Not necessarily. 

 

Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of education lists and statistic reports. Are charter schools the answer? Not necessarily. 

Charter schools take students out from under the state’s eye. These “private-public” schools receive public funding but have flexibility in curriculum and hiring, and in some states they are free from standardized testing (which makes it difficult to determine the success of these ventures).

April 4, 2012

Mississippi’s public education is failing. The system is greatly underserving a large portion of Mississippi kids, despite the few bright spots where public education is working well, like Desoto and Madison counties. 

 

Mississippi’s public education is failing. The system is greatly underserving a large portion of Mississippi kids, despite the few bright spots where public education is working well, like Desoto and Madison counties. 

The 2012 Mississippi Legislature appeared ready to move the state education system forward with charter public schools. The Senate passed a bill that was sent to the House, where the House Ed Committee let it die. Mississippi children were denied a chance at a better education system by a single vote.

February 20, 2012

Sen. Gary Tollison introduced a bill to the Mississippi Senate this past week that would allow students to attend charter schools — both traditional and virtual.

Sen. Gary Tollison introduced a bill to the Mississippi Senate this past week that would allow students to attend charter schools — both traditional and virtual.
Following the introduction of the bill, people voiced opposition, including many black Mississippians, according to Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Mike Sayer, senior organizer and training coordinator for Southern Echo, said his group firmly opposes charter schools.

November 9, 2011

Why are you in college? 

 

We have all heard the line time and time again, “You can be whatever you want to be.” 

While that is great to tell an 8-year-old, that saying does not apply as people approach adulthood. By adulthood, I mean the age of majority, which is 18. 

Unfortunately, the definition of adulthood has changed over the years, and in some instances it means around the age of 25.

September 18, 2011

I once heard someone say that complaining gets you nowhere.
If you do not like something, then work to change it, complaining is not working. Placing blame is not working.
Advocating, pushing and researching are working for change.
One thing that draws a lot of complaints but little action is Mississippi’s public education system. Our results and scores show the failure of the system year after year.
Our 2011 graduates scored an average 18.7 composite on the ACT, placing us last in the nation and almost a full point behind 49th.

September 14, 2011

 

Imagine being 16-years-old and having a degree in psychology and a plan to finish medical school in another two years; this would be an amazing accomplishment, to say the least. 

It’s a definite testament to the term “gifted.” But it’s also a fact that the public schools in Andrew Almazán’s hometown of Mexico City didn’t contribute much to his early success.

March 6, 2011

When Dan Jones became chancellor of the University, he made a strong commitment to service within and beyond campus. Chancellor Jones should be commended for his commitment to serving others beyond the university community. 

When Dan Jones became chancellor of the University, he made a strong commitment to service within and beyond campus. Chancellor Jones should be commended for his commitment to serving others beyond the university community.  

Service has always been part of our DNA and what we value as a public institution. Over the last few years, we have furthered our commitment to service, but I believe there’s much more work to be done, and there is no better time than now.