PTA Lobbies Lawmakers

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The Mississippi Parent Teacher Association is asking lawmakers to fully fund the state's public schools this year and to do so early.

Members of local PTAs from around the state gathered in Jackson Wednesday to discuss the legislative agenda and to hear from state education officials.

The top two items on the group's legislative agenda are fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and the multiyear teacher pay raise. That's according to Rick Tillotson, the state PTA president and principal of Sherman Elementary School in Vicksburg.

Mississippi is currently in the third year of a five year legislative mandate to raise teacher pay to the Southeastern average.

Republican Sen. Mike Chaney of Vicksburg says education is high on Governor-elect Haley Barbour's agenda and the legislature will likely make education a top priority.