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The Senate Education Committee blocked Joel Bomgar’s nomination to join the state Board of Education Thursday on an 8-7 vote.
Bomgar, the 33-year-old founder of Bomgar Corp. of Ridgeland, saw his nomination set aside after opponents sharply questioned his board membership on the conservative-leaning Mississippi Center for Public Policy, his choice to home-school his children and his policy preferences for education.
“You want to be on the public statewide school board,” Sen. Videt Carmichael, R-Meridian, a former public school principal, said of home-schooling. “I have a problem with that.”
Bomgar said after the meeting that the Education Committee rejected him because some aren’t open to differing viewpoints.
“I believe in diversity on boards,” he said.
A Jackson resident, Bomgar was nominated by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, for the nine-year term. Gunn said Bomgar’s background shows that he understands and appreciates learning.
“I have always believed that the people we put in charge of our education system must be people who understand the value of an education,” Gunn said.
Mississipi state senator David Blount (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An effort for Capitol Complex consolidation — which supporters say would save $5 million a year on office leasing costs and whittle the space state workers occupy to levels consistent with federal standards — died earlier this month.
The bill authored by Sen. David Blount and backed by a Millsaps College analysis easily passed the Senate but failed to make it onto the House calendar. Blount said he will try again next year.
“I’ll continue to pursue cost and operational efficiencies,” said Blount, a Jackson commercial real estate professional.
Blount’s bill also would have handed the authority for negotiating facilities leasing to the Department of Finance & Administration, the state’s property management arm. The current practice is for each state department or agency to negotiate its own lease terms.
Further, state offices scattered around the tri-county area would have been consolidated into the Capitol Complex and moved state government closer to the federal benchmark of 218 square feet of space per worker from its current 323 feet.
Filed under Budget, David Blount, Democrats, Economic Development, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, Politics, Spending, State Government
For years, Mississippi’s capital city has battled a reputation as a place of blight, corruption and high crime.
Now, Jackson officials say they have enlisted help to upgrade public perception of the state’s biggest city. A local advertising firm, Fahrenheit Creative Group, has been hired in a $45,000 contract, to create better vibes for Jackson.
City Council President Tony Yarber tells the Clarion-Ledger that he’s frustrated by the negative perceptions.
Critics argue the perceptions are based in realties: crime is a serious problem in many areas of Jackson, boarded-up homes can be found in even more affluent neighborhoods and politics is widely seen as more theater than a serious exercise in good-government.
via Jackson hires firm to help improve city’s image | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com.
Pro Life Mississippi officials have sent a letter to pro-abortion organization Planned Parenthood’s national and state offices inviting the group to join in support of the new “Admitting Privileges” law in Mississippi. The law was scheduled to go into affect on July 1, but a temporary restraining order filed by Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic halted implementation until a full hearing on July 11.
In the letter, Pro Life Mississippi President Dana Chisolm writes:
“While our organizations obviously differ on the core issue of abortion, one thing we do hold in common is support of women’s health. Similar laws are already in place in 13 other states holding opportunistic doctors accountable for atrocities against women.
Admitting privileges will require the purchase of malpractice insurance where currently there is no requirement, giving injured women no redress against shoddy practices. On staff OB-GYN’s, as required in the law, provide a higher level of service for the women of Mississippi.
Our organizations may end up disagreeing on many other issues, but certainly we can agree that a woman’s health is of paramount importance. Certainly we could agree that the 2,000 plus Mississippi women each year who feel they must make the horrific choice of abortion deserve a higher standard of care.”
Chisolm had this to say about the letter: “In Mississippi we have itinerant doctors coming in from other states to administer dangerous procedures on our young women. Within hours they are traveling back home to their families, leaving these poor young ladies to fend for themselves. We have witnessed young ladies faint and vomit on the sidewalk in 100 degree temperatures while attempting to get back to their car with no staff assistance. There simply is no room for this level of barbarism in a civilized society. Regardless of the other political issues surrounding abortion, we should at least be able to agree on that.”
View the letter here: PlannedParenthoodLetter7-5-12
in 1863, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations that began in May and June. This was the culmination of one of the most brilliant military campaigns of the war. Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s armies converged on Vicksburg, investing the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton.
With the loss of Pemberton’s army and this vital stronghold on the Mississippi, the Confederacy was effectively split in half. Grant’s successes in the West boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.
Founded by the Reverend Newit Vick in 1819 and incorporated in 1825, by 1860 Vicksburg was a major transportation hub that catered to steamboats and the railroad. Boats left daily providing connections to the major towns in the Mississippi River Valley, and rail service linked the city with Monroe, Louisiana to the west and Jackson, Mississippi to the east. In 1860 Vicksburg had a population of 4600 and was the second largest city in the state after Natchez.
The rugged hills of Vicksburg made the city a natural defensive point on the Mississippi River. One Union soldier on seeing the terrain for the first time wrote his sister, “Tis the opinion of all that Vicksburg is the strongest fortified place in the Confederacy.”
The Central Mississippi Tea Party will hold its next meeting on June 12 at the Flowood Municipal Courtroom in Flowood, MS at 6:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be James Stern, founder of Mississippi Racial Reconciliation.
Mr. Stern was born in California where he was educated at Grace Bible Institute and Biola Seminary. Through an unusual set of circumstances he found himself removed to Mississippi where he, a black man from Los Angeles, shared a prison cell with Edgar Ray Killen, the once-reputed Imperial Wizard of the KKK. As a result, Mr. Stern is now on a quest to impact racial reconciliation, starting here in Mississippi.
Mr. Stern has embraced the Mississippi Tea Party and understands how its principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited constitutional government offer the best hope for economic prosperity and opportunity for all Americans. He will share his strategy for bringing about unity across racial and ethic lines in the community. Prayers for unity and healing will be offered by several area pastors including Dr. Greg Belser, Senior Pastor of MorrisonHeights Baptist Church in Clinton, and Pastor Charlie Clark of We Care Church in Jackson.
All interested persons are invited to attend. For further information, contact Janis Lane, President, Central Mississippi Tea Party, phone 770-367-7888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The bill allows the state to depose school board members and order new elections in districts that are taken over twice within 10 years. It originally also allowed the state to merge a twice-failed district into a neighboring district without the consent of the neighboring district. But Sen. Hob Bryan, R-Amory, successfully amended the bill to require the consent of the receiving district.
Tollison fought the amendment, saying that without the power to make good districts combine with troubled neighbors, the state would be deprived of leverage needed to force reforms. Only an involved community can permanently improve a district, he said.
“Everybody says ‘not in my backyard,’ but it is in your county,” Tollison said.
The amendment’s adoption dealt a rare defeat to Senate Republicans leaders, who have generally gotten their way so far in this session. A total of seven Republicans broke ranks: Sally Doty of Brookhaven, Angela Burks Hill of Picayune, Gary Jackson of French Camp, John Polk of Hattiesburg, Tony Smith of Picayune, Sean Tindell of Gulfport and Michael Watson of Pascagoula. By contrast, only Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, voted to allow forced mergers.
The bill goes to the House, which passed a bill Thursday with language along the lines originally sought by the state. That measure also would allow parents to transfer children from districts whose accreditation is revoked by the state. Local and state tax money would follow the student to a new district. Administrative changes being made by the Department of Education would also bar unaccredited districts from playing sports against other schools or taking part in other interscholastic competitions. Among districts at risk of losing their accreditation is the Jackson city district, the state’s second largest by enrollment.
via Forced school district mergers rejected | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com.
Filed under Angela Burks Hill, David Blount, Education, Gary Jackson, John Polk, Legislature, Michael Watson, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, Politics, Republican, Sally Doty, Sean Tindell, State Government, Superintendents, Teachers, Tony Smith
The Associated Press has named Laura Tillman as a legislative relief reporter in Mississippi.
The announcement was made on Monday by AP South Region Editor Lisa Marie Pane, Mississippi-Louisiana News Editor Brian Schwaner and Chief of Bureau Adam Yeomans.
“Coverage of government and politics is a top priority for AP in Mississippi,” Schwaner said. AP has two reporters assigned full-time to the Capitol in Jackson — Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy. Tillman will supplement their work, and report as well on other key news topics of interest to AP members in Mississippi.
via Miss. AP hires reporter Tillman to expand coverage of state government and politics | The Republic.
in 1864 Union troops occupied a already defeated Jackson. The city had fell to Union forces both before and after the defeat of Vicksburg the summer prior in 1863.
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In 1868 the Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson.
The state’s 1868 Constitutional Convention in Jackson became known as the Black and Tan Convention because most of the well-educated black men who had fought against slavery expected to have their political priorities met. Their political agendas were rather modest, calling basically for free public education and the right and freedom to vote. The white Northerners could be just as racist as their Southern counterparts, but they realized the expediency of sharing some of the power with the black leaders, who were serious about building a society that would bring black men and women up to the same standards as whites.
The Mississippi Constitution of 1868 was the first piece of legislation which provided for the free public education of all children regardless of race. The purpose, procedures, and guidelines for these state supported schools is stated in Article VIII, Sections 1-9. The Constitution established “a uniform system of free public schools, by taxation or otherwise, for all children between the ages of five and twenty-one years….” Enabling legislation was passed in 1870 which created county school districts under the supervision of an elected State Superintendent of Education and appointed county superintendents. Towns with a population of at least five thousand were permitted to establish separate school districts and extend the school term to at least seven months. The Constitution provided the following features in its plan to establish a public education system in the state:
1. Administration: An elected State Superintendent of Public Education to provide “general supervision of the common schools and the educational interests of the State.” A State Board of Education, composed of three members: the State Superintendent of Education, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of State. An elected County Superintendents of Public Education.
2. School Term: The school year would be “at least four months.” Any county failing to abide by this guideline risked forfeiting its share of the school fund and taxes.
3. Funding: The common schools were to be funded from a combination of revenue sources – revenues earned from sixteenth section lands and other lands owned by the state, an excise tax on alcoholic beverages, military exemption fees, and public and private donations designated for public education. These monies were then to be invested in United States bonds and the interest on the bonds was then appropriated for the support of the school system. In addition to this source of funding a poll tax of two dollars per person was levied for the specific use of public education. The constitution also left open the option of additional taxes to fund public schools with the monies being divided pro rata among the children of school age.
Because of some punitive elements of the 1868 Mississippi Constitution, it went down in defeat, due partly to some white manipulation of ballots in rural areas where blacks had never voted before and partly because some of the white Republicans were creating secret alliances with a group of local white Democrats who dreaded black rule.
Under Gen. Adelbert Ames, all political offices were declared to be illegally held by “unredeemed” white Confederates who had not regained citizenship in the U.S. The generals appointed their own choices to every local office pending the constitutional convention of 1867-1868 and the elections that were to follow in 1869, elections in which black men would be able to compete for office.