Legislators Make Big Moves in Regards to Academic Transparency and Administrative Spending

By Mississippi Center for Public Policy
January 19, 2022

Members of the Legislature have introduced legislation that would bring major reform to the State's educational system by changing just a couple of things.

In the Senate, Senator Jeremy England (R-D 51) introduced legislation that would require public schools to make their educational material easily accessible to the general public. SB 2434 would be a major step in the right direction, as providing academic transparency is a key part in exposing the left-wing bias most, if not all, educational systems have (i.e., Critical Race Theory). Parents and taxpayers have a right to know exactly what their children are being taught and what their money is being spent on.

In regards to capping educational Fat Cat salaries, their has been numerous legislation pieces introduced from both chambers.

In the House of Representatives, Representative Nick Bain (R-D 2) authored HB 415 which would align the salary of the State Superintendent of Public Education's $300,000 salary to no more than 150% of the Governor's $122,160 salary. Back in the Senate, Senators Angela Burks Hill, Chris McDaniel, and Dennis Debar, Jr. have introduced similar legislation that would either require a limitation on the State Superintendent's salary or that it should not exceed the Governor's. Too much of our education budget is spent on administrative costs and bureaucratic salaries. We support efforts to ensure that more money goes into the classroom instead.

While just two examples of reforms that could be coming to public school classrooms and the system, we believe they would be an incredible help in transparency, getting parents and others more involved in the education of the Magnolia State's future, and keeping more money in the classroom (instead of someone's pockets).

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy approves of these introductions and will continue to update you as the 2022 Mississippi Legislative Session continues, and you can keep up with measures by watching our Legislative Tracker.

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