With the 2014 Legislative Session coming to a close, representatives are looking back on the failures and successes of the season. For many Coast representatives, Common Core was the biggest disappointment. The new education standards will go into effect statewide this upcoming school year, after attempts to delay implementation were killed. The Education Committee denied requests for a hearing on Common Core and the only discussion was limited to a line of the budget for Common Core teacher training.
Senator Angela Hill, (R) District 40, says, "Mississippi has had common standards across this state since at least 2003, and even when I was doing my student teaching in 2001, we had state standards, but yet we have some schools in the state that are performing very, very well and we have some that are performing very, very poorly, and yet they're performing with the same set of standards." Opponents of Common Core hope to eventually have it removed from the state's education system. As for next year's Legislative Session, lawmakers say the state budget and continued funding for Mississippi's trooper school will also be hot topics.