Some national education reform groups are joining the fight to pass a school funding amendment in Mississippi. Public education advocates have been furiously campaigning across the state to build support for a school funding amendment known as Initiative 42. The proposal will appear on the November ballot. David Sciarra is the director of the Education Law Center -- a national group that has litigated school funding cases in other states. He says the passage of Initiative 42 would hold lawmakers accountable if they fail to follow the law. MPB's Paul Boger spoke with Sciarra.
The Mississippi Republican Party has officially come out against Initiative 42. MPB's Desare Frazier spoke with Joe Nosef -- chairman of the Party -- about the opposition.
A noted Mississippi actor is part of a group seeking support to stop corporate sponsorships of football games at state universities. A coalition of organizations that includes the Mississippi Human Rights Collective and the NAACP started a petition on MoveOn.org. They're calling for corporate sponsors to rescind football advertising contracts with state universities until the state flag is changed. Mississippi native -- actor Aunjanue Ellis -- known for her roles in movies such as "The Help" -- is a member of the coalition. She spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier.
David Brister is a Finance professor at Millsaps College in Jackson. He told MPB's Desare Frazier targeting college football might not be the best approach for getting the state flag changed -- a move he favors.
Matthew Guinn lives in Mississippi and his new novel -- The Scribe -- is a harrowing tale of murder and racial tension set in 1881 Atlanta. We spoke to him in today's Book Club.