Public education in Mississippi is under an all-out assault.
What’s coming out of the state Legislature to undermine our public school systems and diminish their capability to educate, is beyond denial now. We would like to briefly address a couple of issues, then give you 3 easy ways to help advocate for the 90% of Mississippi’s children who attend public schools.
In the coming days, undoubtedly we’ll address the many, many faces of the pro-privatization push that is taking place, but the one we want to focus on tonight is the ongoing movement to silence educators. Three bills in the House have been advanced to limit the ability of professional educators to express what they see going on in your taxpayer-funded schools. These measures are so draconian that if passed, school superintendents- the people who perhaps have the best vantage points on what’s really happening- will be prohibited from saying a single word about it.
We see this as an egregious violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Further, this issue is near and dear to our hearts at MSEDBLOG, since this website itself started out as the Show and Tell Blog. We began as an effort to encourage educators to tell the public what they see happening, themselves, in the schools. Now our government wants to make it a crime for educators to “show and tell.” They don’t want the truth getting out.
So we’d like you to please get involved. There are other bills in committees now that would hurt public schools- voucher expansion, charter school free reign, etc. But right now, it is vitally important to the survival of our public schools that our educators be treated as U.S. Citizens with speaking rights, and as members of the democratic process who have valuable information to share.
Please do 3 things on behalf of Mississippi’s public school children and educators:
1. Contact your representatives.
Tell the Legislature that the “Teacher Silencer Bills”- HB49, HB944, and HB 958- must not pass.
The members of the House Education Committee are as follows:
John L. Moore, Chairman; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Roberson, Vice-Chairman; email@example.com
Toby Barker; firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Bennett; email@example.com
Joel Bomgar; firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy P. Boyd; email@example.com
Charles Busby; firstname.lastname@example.org
Credell Calhoun; email@example.com
Gary Chism; firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyce G. Clarke; email@example.com
Carolyn Crawford; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Criswell; email@example.com
Becky Currie; firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott DeLano; email@example.com
Jarvis Dortch; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Evans; email@example.com
Mark Formby; firstname.lastname@example.org
Herb Frierson; email@example.com
Jeffrey S. Guice; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Henley; email@example.com
Gregory Holloway, Sr.; firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Hopkins; email@example.com
Chris Johnson; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vince Mangold; email@example.com
Carl Mickens; firstname.lastname@example.org
Orlando Paden; Opaden@house.ms.gov
Rufus Straughter; RStraughter@house.ms.gov
Sara R. Thomas; Sthomas@house.ms.gov
Brad Touchstone; Btouchstone@house.ms.gov
Kenneth Walker; Kwalker@house.ms.gov
Sonya Williams-Barnes email@example.com
Share this message. Share the article your read that got you fired up and ready for change.
Share your passion for this with the friends on your feed.
3. Join the movement.
Show your support for Pro-Public Ed legislators like Jay Hughes of Oxford, who is working hard to make sure we stay informed about the movements in Jackson.
Thank you for your support.
Together, we can keep teachers’ voices in the education conversation.
The MSEDBLOG Team