Notes from a Guest Poster

Students: your responses to the previous blog entry garnered the attention of Mr. Daniel Wise, who is a candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives, District 106, and the father of our very own Savannah Wise, Class of 2017. Here’s what he has to say:

Politicizing education is deplorable! What is pretty clear to me is that what we are doing is simply not working. Here are some facts.
Mississippi consistently ranks last in education. According to budget information available on ballotopedia, in 2014 we spent 16.3% on K-12 & 18.9% oh higher education in our state. ($3,330,742,000 & $3,862,026,000 respectively). Yeah, that says 3 Billion.

The partisan attacks on Education must end. Public education policy in Mississippi from pre-K through graduate school should not be a partisan issue.

I for one do not have the answers, but it is time we take a serious look at this and leave the partisan politics aside. Education must be our number one priority!

Daniel Wise
Candidate for House District 106 & proud supporter of education.

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12 Responses to Notes from a Guest Poster

  1. Vera L. Taire says:

    I feel like Daniel Wise knows what’s up with today’s youth. His daughter showed me some of his campaign memes, and they were awesome. Seriously, everyone should see that art! In addition to that, we students wish him the best of luck in the election.

  2. Shuchi Patel says:

    I agree with Mr. Wise. We should focus on education. Education is what leads to better jobs and opportunities. Most individuals will be financially secure if they are educated; being educated helps people have a positive impact on society.

  3. Madalyn Coln says:

    I agree with Mr. Wise. Mississippi has a serious need for more monetary aid in the education system. We aren’t one of the lowest scoring states, with a state average of 19 composite, for no reason.. I wish that the legislators would put more money in to the education system- take a look at what Colorado did: One of the biggest reason that their recent legalization of marijuana passed is because they decided to put some of the “weed tax” into the education fund.. but Okay, I get it. Marijuana won’t fix our problems- but there are other ways that we could get money for education as well- Perhaps we should have a state lottery in which the taxes benefit the education system. I don’t have all of the answers, but those are a few ways that other states have made it work out to pay for a better education.

  4. Madalyn Coln says:

    I already tried to post this but it didn’t work. Excuse my brevity.

    Mississippi has a serious need for monetary aid in the education system. I wish that the legislators would realize that putting money into the education system will likely have a worthwhile return. How to get the money is the problem- but hey, look at what Colorado did! One of the major reasons as to why the legalization of marijuana worked was because it was agreed that money from the “weed tax” would be put into the education system. Okay, I get it: Marijuana isn’t the answer. There are other ways, too. Most states have a lottery… that could be an option, and some funds from that could be put towards our education system. I don’t have all of the answers, but there are definitely some examples set by other states that may be worth following.

  5. Madalyn Coln says:

    Apparently it did work the first time. Sorry ’bout that.

  6. Kendall Wells says:

    I agree with Mr. Wise. Putting education as our top priority is so important. Partisan attacks are pointless because both sides are trying to accomplish the same goal with different techniques. But, compromising is something people have a hard time doing.
    Good luck to Mr. Wise in the election!

  7. Kayla Patel says:

    I agree with Mr. Wise; we should focus on education. It is what leads to better environment overall in the country and in the world as a whole.

  8. Mariana Strawn says:

    I agree with Mr. Wise in saying that education should be at the forefront of every Mississippian’s mind and especially in the minds of our political leaders. To not think about the education of future generations seems foolish. Without educating those that will come after us, how can we hold what we have accomplished? Mississippi ranks last in education, perhaps we can change this for the better.

  9. Yousef Abu-Salah says:

    I completely agree with Mr. Wise: education must be the focal point for Mississippi and America as a whole. We must put all the resources possible into education. Our failure as a state for education(except of course MSMS:)) cannot be improved unless proper funding is directed towards it. The legislators of Mississippi must put more money into the education system if improvement occurs. We must stop funding our athletics to such a degree across the country but instead fund our academics just as much or even more. This is the only way that Mississippi can progress in the ways of education. 🙂

  10. Erin Owens says:

    I agree with Mr. Wise education should be not be a partisan issue. We can all agree that Mississippi education needs improvement and we need to all work together to truly make improvement instead of arguing about how to do it.

  11. Jagger Riggle says:

    I agree with Mr. Wise. Education is extremely important. Education now will lead to improvements in the future. If you invest in the education system, more kids might see that learning is fun. This will cause them to go to college and get higher degrees than they would have. From there, the kids might invent something new or make a major discovery that could change the world. Education is not just learning new things for now, it is leaning things now to help change the world tomorrow. The only way to get to ‘tomorrow’ is to teach kids at a young age that knowledge and learning are important and can be very fun.

  12. Thomas_Easterling says:

    More from Mr. Wise: In reply to Thomas_Easterling.

    Adding to this situation, in the last two weeks the House tried to say we the people do not have the right to view contracts the House of Representatives enters into…with our tax payer money! Things are getting crazy and the Super Majority keeps their position after the recent house special elections.

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