YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Daily Journal

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charter schools casting a cloud over school tax
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, along with Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, have recommended SB 2401 that would take local property taxes from one district to fund a charter school in another district. It is unimaginable that the our elected representatives would pass a law to fund charter schools in one county with tax dollars from another.
Local funds should not be used for charter schools, especially in another county.
Tate Reeves needs to be careful who he listens to. Forest Thigpen, the person who has been pushing charter schools for years, is funded by home-school advocates, a group that makes up less than 1 percent of Mississippi’s population.
If folks with low performing public schools want charter schools, let them have them. But those of us with good public schools don’t want them – and we don’t want our local tax dollars going to pay for them.
Catering to less than 1 percent of voters is a bad strategy. Keep charter schools out of our good school districts.
Lorie Grisham Wade
New Albany


Holland’s words suggest we could have been 60th
I read with great interest the recent column written by Rep. Steve Holland. After reading the column I came away with the following conclusions:
First, he could run the state by himself due to his broad experience and education.
Second, had he and the Democratic party not have passed all of the bills he listed, things would have been a lot worse in the state of Mississippi.
This is the standard reply the Democrats and the president have given for the last three years. I guess we would have been 60th out of 50 states.
Jackie D. Spearman
Tupelo


Reader fears charter schools won’t work
I continue to be disappointed with our attempts to improve our Mississippi Public Schools. The latest solution appears to be charter schools with virtual schools as as option. Do we know what we are doing? I wish the answer to this question could be, “Yes,” but I fear that it is not.
There can be no argument that some of our schools are failing the students they are responsible for educating. There are also examples of successful charter schools throughout the nation. Before legislators enact laws that will have significant impact on our public school system I would hope that they take the time to study the issue and make an informed decision. I encourage them to ask:
Does the law need to apply to all districts or be limited to “failing” districts?
Does the law limit the charter models to those with a history of success?
Do we have enough experience with virtual education to accept its effectiveness?
What will be the impact on our limited education budget?
Would you want your children or grandchildren to attend a virtual charter?
Through the years I have watched companies and consultants sell materials, services, equipment and programs to schools with very limited proof of effectiveness. I would hope that our current decision makers are wiser. Our children deserve courageous leaders who care more about their welfare than they do about making or saving money.
Martha Cheney, EdD
Tupelo

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