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WDAM Viewpoint- Electing School Board Members

Every so often, the subject comes up. Should city school boards in Mississippi be elected as is already the case with county school boards--- or appointed by the mayor of their particular city which is the current practice?  Why the difference in the two methods for selecting school boards members, we don't know. 

Most recently the question has been raised by city councilman, Kim Bradley over a budgeting and taxation issue.  His point being that if a body has the power to levy taxes, they should be subjected to election by those being taxed. Certainly the idea of taxation and representation going hand in hand is a basic tenet of our republic and I think Councilman Bradley has a valid point.

Since electing school board members in the county systems and having them appointed in the cities is a statewide policy...perhaps this is an issue that needs to be addressed by the state legislature. If so, they are currently in session.

Regardless of the means necessary to change it, we hold with the view that school board officials should be elected in both city and county school districts. Wherever and whenever possible it is best for people to have a say in who represents their interest and the interests of their children. That doesn't change from the city to the county.

I'm Jim Cameron, and we'd like to know what you think. 

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