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A report card came out this week on schools across the country. The Student First organization released findings in their 2014 State Policy Report Card. Mississippi received an overall D+ only slightly over the national average.

Each state was graded in three specific areas: how they are elevating the teaching profession, how they are empowering parents and if they are spending wisely and governing well. Mississippi received good marks for recently reforming our teacher evaluation system that will roll out over 3 years, beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

I have two sisters who teach, so granted I may be biased. I believe the majority of teachers work hard and regularly spend their off hours ensuring our children excel. But clearly there is more to be done to improve our schools.

I would like to hear from you. Email me at jsciortino@wdam.com and tell me what needs to be done.

This is today's Viewpoint.