Controversial School Reduction Idea Still Alive

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

A bill in the Mississippi Legislature that will cut back school days and furlough teachers has already passed the Senate and the House vote may not be far behind.

The bill would reduce the number of student days to a minimum of 175 versus the current 180 days.

The bill also includes a mandatory two days of furlough for teachers.

Lawmakers say for every day furloughed, a district would be able to save seventeen teachers' jobs.

"They're looking for ways to save money and we need for them to look for ways to save money," said state Rep. Greg Snowden. "We're going to give them less money and we should give them some flexibility to try to work out their instruction schedules. But if I had to say, I'd say the furloughs have a good opportunity of passage. I'm not so much sure about the instructional day reduction. "

"Superintendents do not want to cut any instructional days, but at the same time, we realize we have got to find some money, some way, somehow," said Lauderdale County superintendent Randy Hodges.

The bill still has to pass the House and be signed by the governor before it would become law.


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  • by Concerned Teacher Location: Meridian on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    To learn more about NAEP, you can go to nces.ed.gov. Not every child in every school takes this test. It is considered the Nation's Report Card and is supposed to be a representative sample of how our students are doing comparatively across the nation. As far a furloughing is concerned, I don't get it. Teachers are paid a salary. When I sign my contract it says I am going to make X amount of dollars and they split it into 12 equal payments. So, are they going to reduce my salary? How will this work? And, last, as for consolidation, I don't think the schools themselves would really change much, it's just that we would reduce the number of superintendents and administrative people. The number of schools themselves would not reduce. That is how I understand it. Someone that knows better can correct me if I am wrong.
  • by Meridian Location: Supporter on Mar 14, 2010 at 09:15 PM
    I like the idea by Concerned Educator. Consolidating into 82 school districts (one per county) and save districts super money on administrative costs and more money per student. MAINLY LIKE this comment, "BEST CHOICE- NOT PERFECT CHOICE".
  • by Concerned Educator Location: Meridian, MS on Mar 11, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    Many states have moved to one school district per county. The reason that they have done that is because of the administrative and overall cost to run a school district. If Mississippi only had one public school district per county, we wouldn't have a budget problem. All of these years, our legislative representatives have fought against consolidation because it is not popular and they know that will not get reelected. We need legislators that can make the tough decisions and then discuss why. If they aren't reelected, at least they will be able to say, I know I did the right thing. Maybe we all should read the education budget and add the numbers up to recognize that something has to be done. Reality is about to take over. If you don't have enough money, you have to make changes. Consolidation of our school districts to only one district per county is the only way. Districts with over 20,000 students are the only ones that should be exempt (Jackson and DeSoto County).
  • by for NINA Location: Meridian on Mar 11, 2010 at 03:59 AM
    Unless I misunderstand, furlough means that the school year will be shortened by 5 days. Students won't be in school, and teachers will be paid for 5 days less. Buildings will not be in operation and buses will not run. This would cut the budget in 3 places--salaries, buildings, and buses.
  • by parent Location: lauderdale county on Mar 10, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    So where is the funding money going if there isn't enough there for the schools? Who is getting it? We buy all supplies including copy paper, highlighters for teachers, Expo markers for teachers, paper towels for everyone. What is left besides utilities and salaries? Lunch is a rediculous cost, so that covers that and my kids are starving when they get home because it's just not enough to get them through the rest of the day. So tell me, where is the money from the state going? And BTW.just my opinion, I don't want my kids going to school with most city kids. Parents obviously don't have any control over them. Pay attention to what goes on in city schools and the difference in county schools. Violence among other things. Somebody needs to get control of it all.
  • by NINA Location: MERIDIAN on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    IF YOU FURLOUGH TEACHERS-WHO IS GOING TO TEACH IN THIER PLACE?WILL THEY PAY A SUB?HOW SILLY.THEY NEED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL THE DAY AFTER LABOR DAY-GO THRU THE MONTH OF MAY.IT IS TOO HOT FOR SCHOOL IN AUGUST,THEY WILL SAVE ON COOLING,ETC.TEACHERS NEED TO GET PAID MUCH MORE.MY DAUGHTER IS A TEACHER,THEY DEAL WITH SO MUCH!!BAD KIDS,THAT YOU CAN NOT HARDLY CORRECT.PARENTS THAT DO NOT COOPERATE./IF THEY CUT ANYONES PAY IT SHOULD BE THE LEGISLATURE WITH THIER HUGE SALARIES.LETS GET OFF THE BOTTOM OF EVERYBODIES LIST.I LOVE MISSISSIPPI-LETS GET WISE & MOVE TO THE TOP!
  • by Also a Teacher Location: Ms. on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    "Educator", I am a middle school teacher and we also don't administer NAEP. Please advise how you stated that this is a test that ALL students take and from it we are on the bottom. WHat is it? And, Who is taking it?
  • by parent Location: Ms. on Mar 10, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    EDUCATOR: Please inform us. What is NAEP? And, what grades is it administered? What is the purpose of the MCT testing? And did you take the NAEP and MCT testing as a student yourself?
  • by Teacher on Mar 10, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    Well "Educator" I am an elementary teacher and my kids dont take the NAEP, so who does? I may sound ignorant, but I have never heard of this test. I am tired of being told that MS is so low, but I dont know who else takes a test that is as hard as the MCT2. Some of these questions cant be answered by people with college degrees. Im just saying that if America is going to judge me as a teacher by how well my students do on a test, I wish it were the same test.
  • by Concerned Educator Location: Meridian, MS on Mar 10, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    Parent in Lauderdale County: I am actually very sane. This isn't about what you want or your feelings on teachers that were called to educate students. This is about money and our state is going broke. Problem: Mississippi has more school districts per capita than any other state. We have 82 counties and around 180 school districts. This has to be changed because school districts are out of $$. This isn't about you having to work Monday- Friday. Many teachers have extra jobs like myself and at one time I had 2 full time jobs and 3 part time jobs, but this is not about that. This is plain and simple: It's about money and it is going to get worse. Consolidation can help students, teachers, and the budget because it cuts down on cost (esp. Adm. cost). Consolidation is the only way that we will truly save money. Do I want us to consolidate? No. But our state government is saying we have to do something and consolidation will save $$. Best Choice-not perfect choice.
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