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Bryant hits familiar themes in State of the State
BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
The Associated Press
JACKSON — Mississip-pi Gov. Phil Bryant said inhis State o the State speechTuesday evening that citizensexpect “bold action” romelected ocials in 2013, withan emphasis on strengthen-ing education and promotingob creation. The Republican said hewants lawmakers to approve a broad pack-age o education proposals, including merit pay or teachers, more emphasis on read-ing in early elementary grades and settinghigher academic standards or college stu-dents who want to become teachers. Bryant is also seeking approval or charter schools,which would be ree rom some regulationsaced by most other public schools.“It is imperative that we remember what others have also known — the path toMississippi’s economic success must passthrough the school house door,” said Bry-ant, who’s starting his second year as gov-ernor. He has been discussing most o hiseducation proposals or months. The three-month legislative session isnow in its third week and members o theHouse and Senate are starting to consider bills. The ull Senate passed one versiono a charter schools bill last week, and theHouse Education Committee on Tuesday passed a separate measure.
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stitution, we are mandat-ed to educate the state’schildren, but we did not make the shit to the next level with technology andteaching technology,”Ellis said. “As a conse-quence o us not makingthe shit, there are thosethat think we can just by-pass the transition. Wecan’t correct the problemi we bypass the ounda-tion. It’s like an old build-ing — you can’t retrot it.” With more than 100school districts in 82counties, Ellis said thesolution could be an over-haul o the current schooldistricts by repairingwhat’s broken instead o abandoning the publicschool system.“Maybe we shouldlook at creating one dis-trict per county and nd-ing out what is uniqueto those counties,” Ellissaid. “Once we do this,charter schools may not be needed. We need to at least have a model char-ter school and see how it works beore we just throw them out. I current-ly think they are disingen-uous and not the solutionto our bigger problems.”One proponent o thebill, Rep. Gary Chism,R-Columbus, said he seesthe bill passing throughthe House by a narrow margin.“We have 64 Republi-cans and we may lose veo them,” Chism said. “We will probably get ‘yes’ votes rom two memberso the (Legislative BlackCaucus) and the rest o the votes we will get rom white Democrats. It will be the same bill that passed through commit-tee. We have made it aspalatable as we can makeit.” Although the bill didnot pass committee witha two-thirds vote, Chismsaid the bill was readthree times, which makesit eligible or a foor vote.Chism said the bill will goto vote today or Thursday.Should the bill passthe House, Lt. Gov. TateReeves, who supportscharter schools beingestablished at any level,including ‘“A” and “B” dis-tricts, said compromise will be key in passing a unied bill.“The passage o a public charter school billin the House EducationCommittee is the next step in a long process, andI commend (Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon)and Speaker Gunn ontheir hard work on HB369,” Reeves said. “Over the last two years, all 32Republican senators andat least six dierent Dem-ocrats, including threemembers o the Legisla-tive Black Caucus, have at one point voted to support public charter schools in‘C’ districts. Why? Be-cause there are more stu-dents in ailing schools in‘C’ districts than in ‘F’ dis-tricts. I remain committedto allowing parents whosechildren are in ‘C’ districtsto have a choice in their children’s education.” The charter schoolexpansion bill has alsobeen publicly support-ed by Gov. Phil Bryant.During Tuesday’s Stateo the State address tostate lawmakers, Bryant said parents should havea say-so in charter schoolenrollment.“Not only should we en-deavor to pass a workablepublic charter school billto give our children onemore opportunity to suc-ceed, we must also giveparents the option to re-quest their child be trans-erred to another schoolthrough the implementa-tion o statewide open en-rollment policies,” Bryant said. “My agenda urther empowers parents by des-ignating privately-undedopportunity scholarshipsor low-income amiliesin ‘D’ and ‘F’ schools. Par-ents can use these pro-grams to send their childto a school that better meets their needs.”
This story contains ad- ditional reporting by The Associated Press.
The ollowing arrestswere reported by theLowndes County Sheri’sOce Jan. 18-19:
Lamar Williams, 32,o 205 Lawrence Drive,was arrested by LCSOan. 18 and charged withgrand larceny, more than$500. He has not been re-leased.
Christopher EugeneMurphree, 38, o 127 BeckDrive, was arrested by LCSO Jan. 19 and chargedwith speeding, resistingarrest, driving without insurance, driving with a switched tag, driving un-der the infuence, reusalto take a DUI test and fee-ing or eluding in a motor vehicle. He has not beenreleased. His court date isscheduled or Feb. 26.
BY JEFF CLARK
Gov. Phil Bryant, in his2013 State o the State ad-dress made during a special joint-session o the state’slegislators, chose job cre-ation, education and healthcare as his major talkingpoints. On the subject o jobcreation and industry, Bry-ant used the speech as anopportunity to stump or hisdelayed-accelerated tax pay-ment proposal.“As all o you understand,Mississippi’s business cli-mate plays a critical rolein attracting new opportu-nities and new jobs to our state,” Bryant said. “In my executive budget recom-mendation, I proposed a small business tax relie measure that will urther stabilize our business cli-mate. Each June, certainsmall employers in this stateare required to pre-pay a portion o their taxes. Thismove puts a large burden onour state’s job creators. My budget proposes relie or small employers, and I urgethe Legislature to support it. The National Federationo Independent Businesses joins me in my call.” While Bryant’s pledgeto block President BarackObama’s executive orderson gun control in the state was noticeably absent romthe address, he did touchupon the need or the stateto develop an energy policy.“We should also look toour energy sector or growthand job opportunities,” hesaid. “Mississippi is a leader in many energy related poli-cies and industry practices.By supporting energy de- velopment and investment, we can bring more jobs toour residents. As chair o the Southern States Ener-gy Board, I will work hardto make sure Mississippi ispositioned as a leader in theenergy economy.” Ater the address, SenatePro Tempore Terry Brown,R-Columbus, praised thestate’s top Republican or hiseorts.“I thought he did a good job,” Brown said. “The ocus was on job creation, which we are all about. I think hedid a good job o articulat-ing what we are trying to do with the charter school bill.He wants to create an en-ergy policy, which is some-thing we badly need.” With an expanded char-ter school bill expected tobe voted on in the Housethis week, Rep. Tyrone Ellis,D-Starkville, criticized Bry-ant over his public support or the bill.“I anticipated most o what he said,” Ellis said.“There weren’t any surpris-es — it was all part o thescript. I politicians want to do something about edu-cation reorm, they need tostart where we are. No onereally wants to talk about the antiquated system wehave. I’m really appalledno one is saying anythingabout this. I we allowed theDepartment o Education toput orth a plan, I think we would be doing better than where we are now. We needto sit down and take thegloves o and have a realdiscussion about education,but I don’t see that happen-ing.”Bryant also pledged tocontinue his ght over ed-erally-mandated health careduring the address.“Let me be clear — any law that will add 300,000Mississippians to a ederalentitlement program partial-ly unded by the state willeither result in a huge taxincrease or drastic cuts toeducation, public saety, jobcreation and other budgets,”Bryant said. “It will leaveour children and grandchil-dren with ballooning ederaldebt. The research compa-ny Milliman analyzed the Aordable Care Act and itspotential impact on Missis-sippi. They determined that i Mississippi ully expandsMedicaid, our state willspend more than $12 billionon the program between2014 and 2020. These num-bers are staggering.”
Bryant’s speech is greeted with both praise and criticism