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Mike Espy on Education

 

 


Public dollars should go toward public schools--period

I support all schools in our state. But public dollars should go toward our public schools. Period. Too many Mississippi school districts are struggling as dollars meant for them are diverted away. For years, Mississippi's leaders have ignored laws, allowing our public schools to be underfunded by $2.3 billion dollars since 2008. Decisions about education are best left to our educators, teachers, parents and school administrators on the ground, and I will fight to get them the funding they need.
Source: 2020 Mississippi Senate campaign website EspyForSenate.com , Jun 25, 2020

Increase teacher pay; fund teacher training programs

Teachers are superhuman and they deserve to be compensated for all they do. In our state, one in three school districts is designated as a critical teacher shortage area. In 2018, our state had thousands of teacher vacancies. By increasing pay for teachers, adequately funding our teacher training programs, streamlining the licensure process, and expanding federal loan forgiveness, we can begin to recruit first-class teachers to Mississippi's public schools.
Source: 2020 Mississippi Senate campaign website EspyForSenate.com , Jun 25, 2020

Expand apprenticeship/job training programs

Mississippi's employers are facing a shortage of trained workers to fill jobs. I will work to tailor our apprenticeships and job training programs to match the needs of our employers. We'll create new programs and expand our successful ones, such as the workforce training pilot program at our community colleges. By working with employers to expand training and retraining for jobs they need most, we can match education with our most in-demand jobs.
Source: 2020 Mississippi Senate campaign website EspyForSenate.com , Jun 25, 2020

Protect students from predatory for-profit schools

Q: Help students refinance student loans at lower rates? Increase financial aid, like Pell Grants?

Mike Espy (D): Yes. Would increase interest subsidies on student loans. Also, protect students from predatory for-profit schools.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): No position found.

Chris McDaniel (R): No. Has said the federal government should have no role in education, not even to pay for it.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election , Oct 9, 2018

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