Officials from the Mississippi education department were in Tupelo last week to discuss changes they will make under the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. That law replaces No Child Left Behind and aims to scale back the federal role in public education.
Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (11:08) joins Derek and Brad on today’s show to explain the new law and talk about what changes will it will bring.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (19:13) discusses the debate over how Mississippi will spent its funds from the $750 million settlement with BP for the massive oil spill caused by the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
Both Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood – who likely will square off in the 2019 gubernatorial election – have advocated for spending the entire settlement in the three coast counties. Others, including some Northeast Mississippi lawmakers, say that money should be spread throughout the state.