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Area school superintendents weigh in on budget cuts

By Jeff Daley – email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Lawmakers, teachers, and education supporters held a rally in Jackson Tuesday, asking the state to stop cutting funds from education.

In the current budget year about 9.5 percent has been cut from education by Governor Haley Barbour. 

Some lawmakers say the governor has $100,000,000 from congress at his disposal for the purpose of spending it now.  That money is part of nearly $750,000,000 the governor has in reserves.

Those at the rally were asking the governor to put $80,000,000 back into education.

Wednesday morning on News 7 Today Forrest County Superintendent Debbie Burt and Petal Superintendent John Buchanan weighed in on the cuts.

"We agree with the Senators that if there is any other way that cuts can be made on other agencies, certainly education should be a priority in our state",  said Burt. "We have made great strides in the academic achievements of our students."

"I honestly believe if the governor has some reserve funds, that it's his responsibility along with the state legislature to help shore up that", said Buchanan.  "I don't think it's the responsibility of school districts to balance the state budget."

Dr. Ben Burnett from Lamar County Schools and Steve Thrash from Jones County will join Miranda Beard Thursday morning on News 7 Today.

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