March 11, 2009
Possibly I am missing something. However, I think I smell the stink of elitism, favoritism, backdoor or side door re-segregation, chicanery, trickery, misinformation, disinformation, etc. being obscured in House Bill 1142 and Senate Bill 2628 - as has apparently been evident in some past education legislation.
Let me get this right: The Mississippi Math and Science School nor the Mississippi School of the Arts come under the numerical accountability system overseen by the Mississippi Department of Education.
Further any new Charter Schools anticipated by House Bill 1142 and Senate Bill 2628 are not going to be subjected to the Mississippi Department of Education''s Numerical Accountability system or the new proposed seven tiered non-numerical system.
Moreover, the annual per pupil expenditure for the Mississippi Math and Science School is estimated to be somewhere around the amount of $29,000 to $30,000 per year per pupil.
In the same vein the annual per pupil expenditure for the Mississippi School of Arts is estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $18,000 to $19,000 per year per pupil. Hmmmm!!
Also of note is that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program which was enacted to give school districts with inadequate financial resources at least in theory some little chance to be able to compete with the districts that have superior financial resources. In the 11 years that it has been the law it has only been fully funded three times. In each instance, I believe, those times were during election years.
Perhaps the legislature should revisit House Bill 1142 and Senate Bill 2628 for another very serious look; as well as some of the other laws that form the underpinnings of this education system that we have.
Remember that the overall average per pupil expenditure per year in Mississippi is estimated to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,500 to perhaps $5,000 per pupil. Hmmmm!!!
Again it appears that House Bill 1142 and Senate Bill 2628, The Proposed New Accountability System, as well as the Provisions that created the Math and Science School and the School of Art smack of elitism, favoritism, and perhaps the backdoor and/or side door to re-segregation of the schools in Mississippi. If someone can enlighten me differently I would appreciate it greatly.
Bennie L Jones, Jr.
Editor''s note: According to recent budget figures, the per-student cost at MSMS and MSA is between $23,000 and $24,000. The student body is comprised 11th and 12th graders from widely varying socio-economic backgrounds.
Danny S. commented at 3/11/2009 2:11:00 PM:
"re-segregation" how so?
You act as if there are no black students in gifted schools. You must have a very low opinion of your own race. If anything, this bill discriminates on academic achievement ability but not race.
Get real. This is 2009 and we have a black President for crying out loud. Throw out your prejudices. All children should be treated as equals regardless of skin color. Stop selling the black children short.
edward09 commented at 3/11/2009 2:43:00 PM:
I would say that you are missing a lot..a few marbles maybe.
Why oh why oh why must everything by about race. I tell you one thing...I am sick to death of the crying about everything. This is not a racial thing...Why do you (Bennie L. Jones) and many others continue to try to keep the African-American race down? You do realize that's what you are doing. Everyone else has moved on and learned from that terrible time in history. Yet it seems like people like you, Leroy Brooks, Bennie Thompson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright and many many others can't let the past be the past. Please stop trying to make everything a racial issue. How can you move forward if you are always looking back.
PS. There are African American students at those mentioned schools.
Sister commented at 3/11/2009 2:48:00 PM:
Well, it's hard for me to take a person seriously when he can't even write a well-written letter of complaint. For example: "Let me get this right: The Mississippi Math and Science School nor the Mississippi School of the Arts come under the numerical accountability system overseen by the Mississippi Department of Education." Add a "neither" before The Mississippi Math & Science School and that fixes that problem - but what about the redundancy of the 1st and last paragraphs?
edward09 commented at 3/12/2009 8:59:00 AM:
Sister, I think Mr. Jones was trying to sound smart. I' m thinking he had the thesaurus out. The problem is he didn't sound smart at all. This poor attempt to use flowery language (appropriately) made me laugh out loud. Poor thing.
Bubba commented at 3/12/2009 3:32:00 PM:
Personally, I think that any celebration of Leroy Brook's 25 years of controvery and malfeasnace is a joke, and is truly complimented by an appearance from Bennie Thompson. Is Lowndes County seriously going to go through the motions of honoring the two biggest crooks in the State of Mississippi. People actually sit and ponder why Starkville is surpassing Columbus in economic development. Plain answer, because Columbus is run by a bunch of incompetent clowns. Yes, I'm including the "Moonlighting Mayor", and everyone on the city council. If you can say one thing for Harry Sanders, it's that he has stood up to this idiot Leroy Brooks. Leroy, time for you to hit the road. You're no civil rights crusader, you're a cancer on the progress of this city, and Birney Imes is a big sissy for enabling you.