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Image of  Senator Derrick Simmons (D-Greenville) at a Raise Mississippi Event

Strong Schools Today Mean a Stronger Mississippi

The investments we make in our public schools today will determine the Mississippi we live in tomorrow.
Published: February 12, 2024

The investments we make in our public schools today will determine the Mississippi we live in tomorrow. So, I ask a simple question, do you want to RAISE Mississippi? If we want to truly RAISE Mississippi, we must fully fund our public schools. 

Our K-12 schools saw an increase in funding by $100 million last year, but our schools were still short of full funding, adding to the more than $3 billion underfunding total since 2008. Our public schools and our students deserve full funding. 

And they also need and deserve:  

  •  Access to a broad range of in-school support that includes school nurses, librarians, counselors, art and music teachers, and support staff who help them be all that they can be;  

  • Classrooms equipped with up-to-date technology, books, and learning materials that prepare them to compete in a global economy;   

  •  Nutritious meals and health services that enhance whole-student wellness.  

  • Safe, clean, and up-to-date school buildings.   

And YES they need and deserve  

  • The best and brightest educators and school staff who are paid a competitive, living wage. 

  When we do these things, we are RAISING Mississippi because the only way to do this is through our public schools. We are working hard to RAISE Mississippi during this legislative session and beyond – and that means fully funding our public schools for the first time in over a decade. 


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Senator Simmons’ email address is [email protected] He provided text for this column. 

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