MOAK AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS SLAM GOP EDUCATION DISASTER
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS PRESS
JACKSON – Democratic House leader Rep. Bobby Moak (D-Bogue Chitto) released the following statement about the Clarion Ledger’s Sunday story on the third grade reading gate calamity created by Republicans:
“This is the disastrous result of the Republican education plan that chronically underfunds our schools and then asks even more of our children. Several schools highlighted saw a majority -- over half -- of students in the third grade held back. Teachers and administrators are having to scramble to address this horrible mess – frequently by taking money out of their own pocket. The Republican Leadership has failed to fund education so that schools cannot hire reading interventionist and they refuse to pass Pre-K, which is vital for children reading by the third grade. Mississippi is the only state in the southern region that does not have full Pre-K.
Mississippi’s Republican political leaders have failed our schools and our state. They have repeatedly made one thing abundantly clear: you can be a Republican in Mississippi or you can support education, but you can't do both.”