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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves Outlines His 2013 Legislative Agenda

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 12 Dec 2012 07:40pm | comments
Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves is calling for an overhaul of Mississippi's education system in the 2013 legislative session. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports.


In a nearly hour long teleconference yesterday Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves said one of his goals is to change the way superintendents get their jobs. The Lt. Governor believes school superintendents should be appointed rather than elected.  He says a study shows of the 150 elected superintendents nationwide nearly half are in Mississippi.


"Now if our overall education performance was in the top 1 or 2  or even in the top decile of all states that might be ok. But when you look at our performance results and consider that were doing something that virtually no other state is doing in electing their superintendents it stands to reason that we would elect superintendents."


Also on Reeves legislative agenda is revising Mississippi's charter school law. Reeves says he has been impressed with the Kipp Delta Charter School in Helena Arkansas, a district where the majority of students live below the poverty level.


"But if you look at the kids in that particular school over the last four graduating classes there average ACT score was between 19.9 and 23.9 in each of the four class averages. Ok in the same county the traditional public school, their ACT scores have fallen somewhere between 15 and 16."


While Reeves does not believe public charter schools will fix all of the state’s educational problems he does say he believes they are a step in the right direction. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.


Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves



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