Candidate Q & A
This questionnaire is provided to legislative and statewide candidates by The Parents' Campaign. Your responses will be posted in the Election 2019 section of www.msparentscampaign.org and shared with our network of 64,000 parents, grandparents, educators, business and community leaders, and other Mississippians who are care deeply about public education issues. Thank you for participating!

Your phone number and postal/email addresses are requested so that we can contact you if needed; your contact information will not be shared publicly. If you encounter problems with this online questionnaire, please call our office at 601.961.4551.

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1. What is your experience with K-12 public schools, personally and/or with your children or family?
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2. Do you agree that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) should be fully funded every year? If yes, what actions will you take to ensure full funding? If no, explain why.
The MAEP is the funding mechanism for our state's public schools. See http://www.tpcref.org/policy-issues/school-funding/topics-funding/mississippi-adequate-education-program-maep/ for information.
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3. What will you do to ensure state revenue that is sufficient to provide all of the services Mississippi's citizens need to lead productive lives?
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4. Will you oppose vouchers that send taxpayer dollars to private schools, religious schools, home schools, or virtual schools? Why or why not?
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5. Do you agree that all K-12 schools that receive taxpayer dollars, including private voucher schools, should be accountable to taxpayers for the quality of education they provide, using the same accountability measures as public schools?
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6. Public schools serve the vast majority of Mississippi students with disabilities. Do you agree that special education services in public schools should be fully funded every year? (Special education has been underfunded by the state every year since 2008.) If yes, how will you accomplish full funding? If no, explain why.
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7. Do you agree that Mississippi should provide high quality early childhood education statewide?
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8. The nation's top teachers say that the greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students are family stress, poverty, and learning and psychological problems. What steps do you believe legislators should take to alleviate these obstacles for Mississippi children?
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9. Do you support raising teacher salaries at least to the level of our neighboring states and raising pay for teacher assistants?
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10. Do you agree that retired educators (and other retired state employees) should be able to draw their retirement while serving in the Legislature?
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11. Legislators have little or no staff to help them understand the many bills they must consider. Before introducing or supporting a bill that could affect public education, will you commit to seeking input from teachers, principals, superintendents, and parents of public school students in your district? Who will be advising you on education policies?
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12. Legislators receive tremendous pressure from the leaders of their chamber (House or Senate), state and party leaders, and corporate lobbyists, to vote in ways that may contradict the will of their constituents and harm their communities. How will you respond to this pressure?
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