Yup. Senator David Blount. Lamar and Drayne are the names he gave to be used in the directory as the "regular" names for he and his wife. Lives at the above address. Mr. "I oppose charter schools" lives in Belhaven but sends his kid to one of the most expensive schools in Mississippi. Now before any liberal white Democrats get their panties in a wad, allow me to point out something to you.
Senator Blount HAS THE RIGHT to send his child to whichever school HE CHOOSES!!! Period. You will not see me criticizing him for sending his child to St. Andrews. St. Andrews is better than any public school in Jackson and I don't blame him one bit for doing what he did. There are plenty of reasons why he sent his child to St. Andrews and frankly, THEY ARE NONE OF OUR BUSINESS which is why I did not ask him why his child attends St. Andrews.
However, it is one thing to send your child to a good private school, it is another to oppose education reforms such as charter schools and choice that helps parents whose children are trapped in bad school districts such as JPS. I've yet to see the Senator take a public role towards criticizing JPS in their outrageous tax increases, graduating only 1 of 2 boys, blowing a quarter million dollars in bond counsel fees on Dorian Turner, promoting the Superintendent's son to a fat cat job downtown paying close to $100,000 per year, lying about school ratings in press releases, blowing off Barksdale, and spending over $50 million more per year than Desoto County Schools. HE has led the fight against charter schools in the Senate and was able to kill legislation creating "virtual" charter schools. However, he can tweet messages such as this:
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Thus, he can oppose educational reforms all day long because he supports public education while enjoying the benefits of private schools.
If you are mad because this information is posted on JJ, blame Ross Adams (WJTV) and the rest of the media. Mr. Adams and other reporters made a point to repeatedly ask business leaders announcing their support for charter schools if they sent their kids to private schools.
So if the media is going to ask these questions of charter school supporters, it is perfectly legitimate to point out these little facts about charter school opponents.