Lawmakers and school officials took part in a meeting to talk about the future of public education in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Superintendents Association meeting was held in Union Thursday.
State legislators talked with superintendents about the importance of public education.
Some of the topics were full funding of the Adequate Education Program, teacher salary increases, charter schools, and the stability of the state retirement system.
"Ninety-one percent of every school age child attends our public schools," said executive director Sam Bounds. "We need to make sure that we are educating them properly so that our state has a future, so its not something that we can fail on, if we fail the state fails."
Right now, 496,000 students are attending public schools in Mississippi.