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November 6, 2014, Jackson, MS – Today, Southern Echo released a new MAP which illustrates: A. the cumulative millions of dollars each district has lost due to systematic underfunding of…

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Jackson, MS – On Thursday, Sept. 3 Gov. Haley Barbour announced a state budget cut for public education of 5 percent. State law permits the Governor at the end of…

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Jackson, MS – “An accurate census count in 2010 is essential to proper allocation of federal grant dollars to local communities and is critical to the creation of fair political…

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Jackson, MS – It is June 11, 2009 and Mississippi is 2 months overdue on passage of a state budget. The Republican-controlled state Senate, dominated by Rep. Governor Haley Barbour,…

Continue Reading MS Gov. Barbour and Senate play game of “chicken”, hold state budget hostage to undercut education, health care
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Jackson, MS, Nov. 18, 2008 — At the end of October 2008 MS Governor Haley Barbour demanded that the MS Dept. of Education cut 2 percent from the current state appropriation for local school district funds, along with every other state agency, to address the revenue shortfall caused by the economic recession.

State Supt. of Education Hank Bounds vigorously opposed the cuts and shot back that a 2 percent cut in the middle of this fiscal year would force at least 20 local school districts into the “red” in violation of the state law prohibition against school districts operating with a budget deficit. Bounds was supported in his opposition to the cuts by the Lt. Governor, the Chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, numerous parent and student organizations both black and white, local school district leaders and business organizations. (more…)

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