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Public schools asking for 13 percent budget increase

JACKSON — Mississippi education officials are seeking a 13 percent budget increase for elementary and secondary schools in the coming year.

State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham presented the request today to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

Burnham says he understands lawmakers face difficult decisions because money will be tight for the year that begins July 1.

Among other things, Burnham seeks funding for to help new local superintendents learn leadership skills. He says one-third of the districts are getting a new superintendent this year, through either elections or appointments.


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  1. When are taxpayer employees are going to get the job done without asking for more money. Get in the real business world and this superintendent would lose all credibility during the economic conditions we are in.

  2. What this article fails to mention is that in the next year, Mississippi schools are transitioning to “Common Core” curriculum, which will align what we’re teaching our kids with what schools in other states are doing. We’ll be educating kids at the same level as teachers in Delaware, Michigan, Arizona, etc. There are 44 states going to this Common Core, so our kids will truly be able to compete with kids anywhere else in the country.

    Teachers will have to be trained on how to teach this new curriculum. You can’t just jump into something this major without giving your people directions on how it works. Part of the budget increase is for this purpose.

  3. Well I don’t think that will happen to be honest. If you are not familiar with this year state budget cuts. I will refresh you memory. The government took money from K-12 and Universities and gave a 6.9% increase to State Prisons and Welfare Serivices..they care more concerned about criminals and the sorry people who are not working than the people who are working. Good Luck.

  4. I have been a teacher for a long time and asking for this kind of money is not responsible. The education leadership in Mississippi has lost touch with what is going on in the classroom and it is their leadership that is failing the students!

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