BY: Heather Fox @heatfox
It is appalling how DeSoto County Schools sends out mass e-mails to all staff, teachers, etc., dictating them to rally against charter schools, and then we have staff or their family members writing untruths on media venues about the education reform being considered by legislators.
The superintendent tells principals they will have huge pay cuts if this bill passes. When will these scare tactics end? DeSoto County needs to do its own research into what is being presented and what it means for the state as well as the county.
— DeSoto County would have a veto over charter schools under the current bill. There won’t be a charter school in your district unless the school board votes for it.
— 66 percent of DeSoto County residents support charter schools.
— Even good school districts can’t meet the needs of every student. Parents should have choices to find what works for their children’s needs, and educators should have additional job opportunities.
This is about what is best for the 750,000 school-age children in Mississippi, not just the 45,000 in DeSoto County. (Just under one-fourth of DeSoto students do not attend DeSoto County Schools, which speaks volumes to me.)
This is why we need appointed superintendents. Elected superintendents abuse their power, saturating the school administration and county offices with family and friends who have their own interests at the forefront while presenting to the public that their decisions are “for the betterment of our kids.” This betterment has us ranked in the bottom nationally in education.We should not be OK with that.
I applaud our governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House and many others who are working hard to bring education reform to Mississippi.
About Heather: Heather Fox is a parent from Olive Branch. She is a past PTO leader in Desoto County Schools, and a proponent and organizer for the school choice movement in North Mississippi. Follow her on Twitter @heatfox