Southern Echo and Catalyst Roundtable to hold convening on school consolidation at MS Valley State University October 14, 2010

SWOP Chanting @ GAP 2007 Itta Bena, MS – October 14, 2010 – Itta Bena, MS – On October 14, 2010 Southern Echo and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable will hold a convening at MS Valley State University of approximately 500 parents, students, educators and public officials from more than 40 school districts to analyze and assess the research-based data that demonstrates the proposed public school consolidation strategies of MS Governor Haley Barbour are not an appropriate approach to or solution for the problems facing Mississippi school districts.

The convening will consider alternative paths more appropriate and suitable to address the needs of Mississippi school districts and the students and parents who comprise their primary constituency. In addition, the participants will discuss next steps to be taken, including what may take place at the next regularly-scheduled legislative session in 2011.