Impact of Mississippi Budget Cuts

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour cut another 21 million dollars from the state's budget.

The shortfall is causing problems for various departments throughout the entire state. One of those departments is education. Because a large portion of the state's budget is already allotted to education, it will be one of the areas forced to take a hard financial hit. Charlotte Tabereaux is the Education Director at Meridian's MSU Riley Center. She says teachers should not be overly concerned about loosing their jobs.

"There are definite requirements on how many kids can be in a classroom. So you are not going to, unless the legislature were to change those laws and say you can have 40 kids in one room, there are a certain number of teachers a school is going to have to have. The limit right now, I think, is 30. If we up that to 35 or 40, yes you could have fewer teachers in the school. But we are required by law to teach the basics, so if anything I think you'll see a teacher shortage as we've continued to have."

With this requirement, the more students a school has, the more teachers the school needs. For this reason, Tabereaux believes teachers' jobs are safe. She says even if there are layoffs in one school district, another area may be hiring.

"Yes, there is always a demand. I truly believe that you may see some layoffs, but you may see some other school districts that will absorb those teachers right now. I really don't think you will see, even though, I think we will see some layoffs, I think other schools will absorb them who need good teachers," explains Tabereaux.

According to Tabereaux, the schools that may do the absorbing of teachers who have been laid off, won't necessarily be neighboring schools. The absorption may come from out-of-state.

"I think Alabama borders, Tennessee, Louisiana border folks will be able to higher some of our border people as well," says Tabereaux.


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  • by concerned citizen Location: clarke county on Feb 7, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    so we are going to lay off school teachers now huh instead of cutting the highly paid government officials' pay. if you would reach around behind you and grab with both hands that is your neck where you have your head stuck up your behind for thinking that schools is where you need to be cutting pay. look at the jobs available by the state of mississippi now and 99% of them require a bachelors' degree so if you cant fill them jobs now because there is no one out there with the education or if they do have the education, they dont want to work for minimum wage or slitely above that pay then what makes you think that cutting the education that kids are getting now is going to help huh. oh and lets not forget that the super bowl champs half the team probably cant even balance a check book but they are making millions to play a sport or a game. so i think the whole world needs to evaluate the whole economy in a whole. i could go on and on but what is the use. do what you want you are anyway
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