Legislative forum at The University of Southern Mississippi sparks Common Core talks

The University of Southern Mississippi faculty senate held its annual legislative forum on Wednesday. All area state representatives and senators were invited to participate, but only five were present for the talks. State legislators covered topics ranging from Common Core education standards to The Affordable Care Act.

"Curriculum is how you get to those standards," State Representative Toby Barker said.

"And, with Common Core, local school districts still have the ability to pick curriculum for their classrooms. It does have to align with higher standards, but there's still local control."

Representative Barker also went on to say that monitoring implementation and assessments, as well as promoting college readiness are key factors when considering a student's schooling. Other legislators stressed that Mississippi comes 50th in the nation in education, and that a different approach is needed in the classroom.