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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature not at fault for bad reading scores

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In schools districts that fared poorly on the 3rd grade reading tests, many school officials and parents blame lack of funding by the legislature.   For example, Superintendent Powell Rucker attributed Holmes County’s 59 percent passing rate to student poverty, lack of funding, and rapid teacher turnover. “It is not a test that even needed to be administered, because the state ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature undercut Fisher’s efforts to clean up MDOC

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so hard? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities,” said ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: McCullough will have hands full at MDA

Glenn McCullough / Photo by Thomas Wells from DJOURNAL.COM

Eminently qualified to head up the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), Glenn McCullough won’t have a cakewalk.   Gov. Phil Bryant announced McCullough’s appointment last Thursday, saying, “He can build a consensus and get things done. We have great momentum in Mississippi, and Glenn will take that success to the next level.”   First, though, McCullough must grapple with budget and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Get ready for November ballot perplexity

The differences between Proposition 42 and Alternative 42A are stark.   Huh?   Well, for those not up to speed, Proposition 42 is the constitutional amendment on public school funding that over 116,000 citizens forced onto the ballot for this November. Alternative 42A is the substitute amendment that 30 senators (out of 52) and 65 representatives (out of 122) forced ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant confronts tale of two Mississippis

The tale of two Mississippis persists.   One Mississippi is made up of people comfortable with their way of life. Some are well off and more than comfortable. But, for others, their hard-earned finances along with faith, family, and friends make their lives good enough. For the most part, this group might like a tax cut, but surefire oppose tax ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will voters be satisfied with legislative session?

The Mississippi Legislature wrapped up its 2015 session last Thursday, but it may not be through working for the year…nor should it be, say some.   When Senate and House conferees on Gov. Phil Bryant’s popular $50 million workforce training bill suddenly let the bill die, speculation immediately began that Bryant will call a special session to revive it.   ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blog takes McDaniel conservatives to task

The Mississippi based political blog “Y’all Politics” has taken the “MS Tea Party” and Chris McDaniel’s Conservative Coalition to task:   “I’ve said this before, but if the MS Tea Party is serious about doing anything but Facebook Memes and TwitterBombs, they need to have real candidates, raise money, party build and run folks for office. Policy can’t be effected ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT commissioner: National group gets it ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces Bill Crawford to board of directors

Anderson Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of Bill Crawford to its Board of Directors. Crawford brings a diverse business and public service background to Anderson. He currently serves as the President of The Montgomery Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to serve as an innovative regional development organization for east central Mississippi and west ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its many low-tax-base schools providing inferior ...

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