MSGOP Weekly Update (April 17, 2015)
Mississippi Federal Delegation Wins Fight to Keep “Flying Jennies” in Mississippi
Following more than three years of working with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, Roger Wicker, and Congressman Steven Palazzo celebrated an Air Force decision to abandon plans to deactivate the 815th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, which would have transferred the squadron’s 10 C-130J transport aircraft to another state. Click here for more.
Governor Bryant Signs Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act into Law
Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act (Senate Bill 2695). The Act will provide a $6,500 scholarship to participating students. The funds can be used for expenses like educational therapies, tutoring and tuition at a private school when the public school in which the student is enrolled is not meeting his or her needs. Gov. Jeb Bush, former head of The Foundation for Excellence in Education, supported the measure and attending the bill signing ceremony. Click here for more.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice Praises Mississippi Education Reform under Gov. Bryant
Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Board Chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, praised Governor Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature for their leadership in expanding school choice in Mississippi. “Mississippi is quickly becoming the next great American success story in education,” proclaimed Dr. Rice. Click here for more.
Senator Wicker Appointed to Budget Conference
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, was appointed to be a conferee on the House-Senate committee responsible for ironing out differences between the chambers’ budget resolutions. Click here for more.