We United Methodists, 1,142 congregations with more than 180,000 members, continue to show in the wake of Katrina that we respond to urgency.
At Annual Conference in June, Dr. Hank Bounds led us toward an urgency that continues: The needs of public education in our state. We enthusiastically responded when he urged us to make a difference for children.
It is time to act. The state Board of Education and Dr. Bounds are pressing for full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Plan, for higher teacher salaries, for high school redesign to prevent the present 35 percent drop-out rate and piloting of a pre-kindergarten program in
We are grateful that Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges that MAEP is not for administrators but for basic needs of our teachers and students. MAEP and teacher salaries are complementary, not in competition with each other. Full funding of MAEP, higher teacher salaries, drop-out prevention through high school redesign and pre-kindergarten are our best hopes for reducing impoverishment in
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