Lawmaker: Need public input before ed funding vote

A state representative is urging members of the public and other lawmakers to sign an online petition urging the legislative leadership to seek more input from the public on a new education funding formula before bringing any bills to a vote. Rep. Jeramey Anderson, D-Escatawpa, sent out a statement Wednesday urging people to sign the petition as a follow up to last week’s “Seat at the Table” rally at the State Capitol. Despite the hundreds in attendance at the rally, only three people have signed the online petition as of Wednesday afternoon. “I urge my colleagues to join me in voting against any new education funding legislation that has not been properly vetted or presented in a series of public hearings,” Anderson said in his statement. The legislative leadership has declined in recent weeks to reveal specific details of progress towards finalizing legislation rewriting the state’s public education funding formula.

School consolidation meetings set in Winona, Hattiesburg

The Mississippi Department of Education announced meetings this week for discussion of the consolidation of several school districts. Local officials will meet in three sessions Tuesday in Winona to talk about details of the administrative consolidation of the Montgomery County and Winona school districts, as ordered by Senate Bill 2495, which was passed during last year’s legislative session. Montgomery County School District school board members will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Montgomery County School District Central Office, 618 Summit St. in Winona. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Montgomery County elected officials will meet at the Winona School District Central Office, 218 Fairground St., Winona.