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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In his “State of the State” speech
last night before Tennessee’s General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam devoted a
lot of time to public education, but left the audience with a mixed message on
his plans for our schools.
“While I am pleased that the governor devoted such a
large portion of his address to public education, it is troubling to see his
voucher agenda moving forward,” said Gera Summerford, Sevier County teacher and
Tennessee Education Association president. “Gov. Haslam spoke emphatically
about his commitment to public education. Then his next point was about taking
money from our public schools to give to private schools. To me, that sends a
very mixed message.”
“School voucher programs divert critical funding from
Tennessee public schools have among the top graduation
rates in the country and, at the same time, one of the lowest rates of funding
per student, thereby demonstrating their efficient and effective use of
taxpayer dollars. On the other hand, school voucher programs in other states
have wasted taxpayer money by supporting substandard and unaccredited programs
due to inadequate oversight.
No credible study or research has ever proven the
effectiveness of school vouchers or demonstrated any improvement in student
achievement over public schools,” added Summerford.
“In addition to the financial drain, school vouchers
leave many students behind – including those with greatest need – because
vouchers divert tax dollars to private entities that are not required to accept
all students nor offer the special services students may need,” the TEA
president continued. “In the more than 50 years since school vouchers were
first proposed, vouchers still remain controversial, unproven and unpopular.”
“We applaud the governor’s
continued effort to direct more money to public schools, but let’s not take one
step forward and two steps back. It is not the taxpayer’s job to support
private entities. Let’s keep public money in public schools, supporting
initiatives like the governor’s proposal to update technology and improve
school safety,” Summerford concluded.
Tuesday, January 29 2013, 05:55 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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