Letters to the Editor

Education isn't a priority for oily legislators

Our state legislators have become educational snake oil salesmen.

First, they pass a bill to change the yearly state testing in public schools without allowing a trial run. This is like expecting you to pass the driving test without ever having driven a car. You certainly won't know what to expect. The results will be, for the first year anyway, that A and B districts might slip to C or D districts.

Next, they pass a bill allowing charter (read: private) schools in C and D districts instead of just failing districts. See the pattern? Public school money can now flow out of the public schools to the newly allowed chartered schools.

Remember how legislators were upset that a constitutional amendment to make sure they adequately fund schools nearly passed? Now they have floated a bill to allow them to change the MAEP formula, which determines what is adequate. Of course, this allows them to claim they are now funding public education fully without ever increasing the amount to the levels originally required, further draining the education system.

That kind of oiliness is what got Volkswagen in trouble recently. Time to haul that bunch off!

JACK PICKERING

Ocean Springs

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