This week a House committee in the Mississippi legislature voted not to reveal the details of a state contract with the education consulting group EdBuild -- the advisory group hired to oversee revamping the state's public school funding formula. The decision drew fire from education advocates and from Democrats in the Legislature. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Gov. Phil Bryant stopped short of criticizing legislators for the decision, but says an open government is a better government.
Leaders of Mississippi's universities and community colleges are announcing a plan to encourage people to complete college degrees. The Complete To Compete program aims at people who started college but never earned a degree or certificate. At a press conference yesterday announcing the program, Gov. Phil Bryant said more Mississippians with college degrees means more Mississippians ready for the jobs of the future.
When the state Legislature convenes in January, a lot will be on the agenda. From the state's crumbling infrastructure to possibly changing how public schools are funded. Tonight's @Issue on MPB TV will take a look ahead at the legislative session. In this clip from the show, Wilson Stribling speaks with Republican Austin Barbour and Democrat Brandon Jones about what we might expect when legislators gavel in. Barbour speaks first.
Mississippi has its first reported case of the flu. Immunizations against the deadly disease have been available at physicians' offices, clinics and pharmacies since early October. But many in the state still haven't gotten their shot. We spoke with Dr. Paul Byers -- state epidemiologist -- about the disease. He says the length of flu season varies from year to year.