Act 42 failed in Mississippi. It would have required the state to fully fund public schools. The Republican legislature and governor fought it by proposing an alternative, deceptively named Act 42A, which maintains the status quo. Under the alternative, the legislature is free to spend whatever it chooses.

When people sign on to the ideology of choice, they begin to think like consumers, not citizens. “I take care of my children, you take care of yours.” They forget about their responsibility for the children of the community and the state. They abandon any obligation to other people’s children. They forget that education is a civic responsibility and an investment in the future.

Amanda Koonlaba, a teacher in Mississippi who worked for passage of Act 42, reacted:

“Mississippi- where we like 50th so much we will even accept 51st in education. The other states can sigh in relief and keep saying “at least we aren’t Mississippi”

“But, the sleeping giant is awake. I hope MS leg is ready. The success or failure of our schools is on their hands. The 90% of our children in public schools have an army rising up.

“I hope the “we are working on it” and “let us handle it” is not forgotten. We want solutions. Not shifting of tax payer dollars to private schools. Not massive tax cuts for corporate buddies. We want real solutions. Not rhetoric. Get in there legislators. Get dirty on the mess of poverty, underfunded schools and children and teachers who need help. Call the educators in your districts. Bring them in. Ignore the lobbies.

“We are watching. We won’t be silent. #FedUpWith50th”