The recent headline in a Mississippi Business Journal Editor’s Notebook
The article goes on to point out how reading and math scores for our MS students are once again near the bottom of the ranking. Also pointing out some improvement over last year’s scores. It’s an informative article, you can read it here
In the article author Ross Reily asks the question..
“Will the next governor be able to improve on this score?”
Good question, but is it a question we should be asking about our next Governor? Is it his job to improve education? What exactly is the job of a governor?
As chief executive officer of the state,
the governor is charged with presenting a balanced budget to the Mississippi Legislature for its consideration. The governor either signs into law or vetoes all bills passed by the state legislature. Additionally, the governor serves as the commander-in-chief of Mississippi’s militia. The governor appoints officials to various government positions as the law requires.
I’m sure it’s more to it than that and obviously the Governor can cause certain conditions and shape circumstances. He is definitely important to our education system. But still it will take a lot more than a governor to improve our state’s education scores.
It’s the responsibility of the state and the people of the state.
We have to want and demand improvement. It’s not something we can buy or legislate.
We can’t improve our test scores or our teachers by giving the teachers a one time tax break…
As Johnny Dupree suggests in his Mississippi Education Restructuring Program…
He does make a good point that we can and should “strengthen our public schools with a commitment to all stakeholders involved: students, teachers, parents and taxpayers. Only by looking at how public education impacts all of Mississippi and by involving all stakeholders in the process can we truly restructure our education system to build better public schools in Mississippi.” He’s certainly right about that.
As is Phil Bryant
When he suggests we “Spend money in the classrooms not offices”. We hold schools accountable.. With The Children’s First Act law. Under this law, school districts that fail to achieve results for two straight years have their leadership dismissed and operations taken over by the state.
Better yet Bryant’s “Modern Skills Training – the new vo-tech…
We must provide alternatives for our students who are frustrated and struggling in the classroom and close to becoming one of the 25% of students who drop-out after ninth grade. We can provide dual enrollment skills-training programs where students can learn a trade in technology or building and receive an equivalency degree.”…
Still we do need to bring our teacher pay rate up to and beyond the national average. After all we do have many above average teachers. Professionals that should be treated and paid like professionals.
My point is, we need to improve the educational opportunities for our children and young adults. We can’t do this by winning votes with promised bonus checks or tax breaks.
We can’t do it by having the state-run low performing schools either. Though used on a short-term basis it just might help.
We all have to take a part in the improvement of our education system. We can begin by knowing what our options are and voting.