Summit on Education Strategies

By: Ashley Porter Email
By: Ashley Porter Email

In Diane Setzer's class, kindergarten students sing, make patterns, and make connections.

"How do I make the connection between reading and math and science all in one lesson? You drew a tree that has an apple on it. Now let's write about it, so we make that connection to writing about it," said Setzer. "Then we might talk about how an apple grows on a tree, which goes along with science."

Education strategies were the topic of a summit of state leaders Wednesday in Jackson. But not all the news was good.

"I had to make some cuts last month," said Gov. Haley Barbour. "I hope, but doubt, that they're the last cuts to be made this year."

This school year and next school year, education will receive about $196 million in that federal money. Once that money runs out, though, the state could find itself struggling for education funding.

"Our revenue situation is likely to continue to decline," Barbour said.

And teachers like Setzer are learning to adapt to achieving more with less money.

"The stuff that I was using today is stuff that's been in that classroom for years, and it's just a matter of how do I take it, go a little deeper with it?" said Setzer. "How do I get the kids to want to know more about it?"

During the summit, state leaders also emphasized the importance of school principals supporting and collaborating with teachers.


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