The Oxford School District apologized to its stakeholders on Friday afternoon following backlash against an idea under consideration by the district to create an optional separate school for low-income students. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (9:07) joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to provide more context and details on the controversy.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (15:28) discusses last week’s announcement by Gov. Phil Bryant that he expects no more cuts to the state budget during the current calendar year. At the same time, Bryant hinted that the budget may need to be tweaked when the Legislature returns to work in January. Bobby talks about the condition of the budget and what may happen next.
Bobby (17:58) also discusses the program that allows special needs students in Mississippi to receive public funds to spend at private schools. Last week, the Mississippi Department of Education told Bobby it does not know how many of the 175 students who received that money this year were already enrolled at private schools.
Chief photographer Thomas Wells (24:27) talks about his photo essay on the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Haven Acres Clubhouse in Tupelo.