Thursday, February 20, 2014
Letters to the Editor
I received the following email on Friday and feel I need to share it with my fellow taxpayers.
Again, money is diverted from public schools. The bills claim to provide better services to children with special needs, though the private schools or providers receiving the voucher funds are not required to provide any special education services and are not required to comply with the IEP ruling.
Each bill now goes to the Education Committee in the opposite house to be addressed. Please contact your representatives and let them know that these are bad bills.
So let’s get this straight. A person can set up a private school claiming it provides better services than the public schools do, yet they answer to nobody. Not only that, they are not required to provide any special education services or to comply with the IEP ruling. IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. Each special education student is set up on a program designed to address that child’s special needs.
In public education, the money the Legislature allocates for each child each year follows that child. A voucher would give the children’s money to the people setting up these “superior” schools that are not required to provide the education the children need. Furthermore, they don’t have to answer to anybody.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? With all the scams we have to dodge today, this one is especially distasteful because it affects the most fragile of our children.
I urge you to contact your state representatives and let them know how you feel about these bills.
Bill Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call the Senate at 601-359-3221 and John Faulkner at email@example.com or call the House of Representatives at 601-359-3770.
We should be the wind at their backs giving them the support they need to make the decisions we want them to make.
Your children’s advocate,
Please express my deepest satisfaction to Mayor Phil Malone and all the alderwomen and aldermen of Byhalia for passing the ordinance concerning lewdness and public indecency. I am so proud of our elected officials! It’s about time someone did this to stop these acts of public indecency.
If our young people don’t see these acts, they will not be inclined to do the same, and we adults will be so much prouder of our town. I especially appreciate them including the wearing of pants and skirts more than three inches below the top of the hips exposing the skin or undergarments.
As a voter, I promise to vote for these officials on election day. I know there are lots of others who will, too, and who are so glad to see this happen. Thank you again. I hope The South Reporter publishes this letter so others can see how proud we are of Byhalia.
Student trip funds
My name is Tokunbo Okulaja and I am currently the language arts/reading middle school teacher at Galena Elementary School in Holly Springs. I have had an exceptional year thus far working with all of my students.
This year in order to do something special for our graduating eighth grade class, the principal and I want to help our students take a trip to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., on May 22-26!
During the trip our students will have an opportunity to visit the White House and Capital Hill to learn more about the government. In addition, the students will be exploring the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and Smithsonian Museums so that they can learn more about our nation’s history.
This outstanding educational endeavor comes at a large price. All together we are trying to raise $29,000 in order to ensure that all students are able to come on the trip.
Currently at Galena Elementary School, 99 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch. In addition, many of my eighth grade students come from single parent homes. Therefore, many of them will have difficulty coming up with the funding for the trip. All of my students desire to be participants of this educational adventure, but know that the price for the trip would be a heavy burden for their families.
I strongly do not want my students to be deterred from joining this experience because of their economic backgrounds. Also, many of my students have informed me that they have never been outside of Mississippi, therefore, this trip will be an exceptional opportunity to allow them to learn more about the United States.
Furthermore, the program that has put the trip together is WorldStrides DiscoverNow! They have been sending students on field trips around the nation and world for over 50 years. This is a well-planned field trip that the students are excited about attending.
Therefore, I am asking community members and businesses to please help this opportunity become a reality for all of my students by becoming one of our school’s sponsors for this trip. Your support will help ensure that every student is able to attend our visit to Washington, D.C.
So far, Citizens Bank in Byhalia and Hill Top Grocery in Holly Springs have been great supporters of our eighth grade class trip! I am extremely excited to be leading my class on this wonderful journey!
Hopefully, this will be a trip that will change their lives and their pursuit in education once they come back to Mississippi. I hope to keep them motivated to be successful in the classroom the minute they step into the halls of their new high school.
Thank you very much for your time and financial contributions.
Checks can be written out to: Worldstrides
News: (662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (662) 252-3388
Questions, comments, corrections: email@example.com
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