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01/21/14

State Superintendent Carey Wright Wants More Money for Preschool and Teacher Training

Associated Press (01/21/14)

Speaking before the Mississippi House Appropriations Committee, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright said more money is needed for state-funded preschool and to improve literacy instruction in early grades. Lawmakers are considering an allotment of $2.35 billion to pay for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which will provide funding to the state's 151 school districts. Funding would have to rise by $265 million from the current year for the 2015 budget to meet that level, which Wright said is a tall order to fill. She said the funds will help all children get ready for school and boost their academic achievement later. "Then by the time they enter kindergarten, I'm not going to have to spend as much time remediating. I'll be able to hit the ground running so to speak," she said. "I want to make sure our teachers have the professional development they need."
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