In spite of gains in the graduation rate and declines in the dropout rate, Mississippi still earns a grade of "D" in education. That's according to an annual report from the K-12 news organization, Education Week. The 2017 Quality Counts report card ranks Mississippi next-to-last, ahead of only Nevada. Ed Week's Sterling Lloyd talks about this year's report card.
A nearly 11 percent uptick in Mississippi's graduation rate and significant gains in 4th-grade reading and math prove the state is headed in the right direction, according to Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. He talked about the issue at the Stennis Capitol Press Forum in Jackson. Reeves, a Republican, believes reforms like the third-grade reading gate are working. Reeves is awaiting a report from EdBuild, a firm reviewing Mississippi's Adequate Education Program. That's a funding formula that's been in place since 1997.
Then, Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, says the main problem with public education in Mississippi is funding. He says the existing funding formula is good, it just needs to be funded. He's also frustrated with the forthcoming EdBuild report being late.
Josh Henry and Ralph "Tommy" Sebrell
Some Mississippi Gulf Coast residents are voicing their concerns about a number of President-Elect Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet. About 40 coast residents attended a rally last night to protest some of the nominees and their stance on climate change. The protesters gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Gulfport, where Senator Thad Cochran's coastal office is located. They are specifically focusing on the Republican US Senator's office since it is the Senate that must confirm the President-elect's nominees. Jennifer Crosslin is with the Steps Coalition, which organized the gathering. She spoke with our Evelina Burnett.