Critics hammered the MAEP rewrite process early on because of the lack of transparency. It seemed like closed-door meetings and contracts initially withheld but later made public were the norm in the beginning. Then came a quickly called public hearing in Jackson and promises that site visits were being conducted in school districts across the state.
While a proposal was later released in January, it seemed to bring about more questions than answers. And those questions were coming from Republicans and Democrats, educators and non-educators and parents and community leaders.
The process ultimately slowed to a standstill as it became clear there was not a clear consensus on how to move forward.
House Speaker Philip Gunn said during a recent speech that work will continue on the rewrite, but that he and others hope to get it right and not rush through the process.
Now is the time for state leaders to walk the walk when it comes to our state’s education system.