College Courses Could Be Taught At High Schools Under HB 1163
By Tommy Reynolds
House Bill 1163, which would study the creation of “early college high-schools,” has been favorably reported out of a House Committee. This means that the Bill will likely be considered this week.
The measure calls for studies of the possibility and advisability of blending courses from college and high school levels in high schools that could qualify for this level of education. I think that it is important that this state carefully considers every reasonable and affordable proposal that could better the education level of our people.
Last week the tax collections for January was reported as being higher than had been projected by the Legislative Budget Com-mission when they prepared the revenue estimates for this year. The revenues were 1.42% above the estimate expected for January.
Revenues have met expectations for the past four months in a row. I think that we should be encouraged by the faster economic performance that we are seeing reflected in increased revenue collections. The state fiscal situation will still be tight this year as Federal Stimulus funds which were used for the previous two years will, in most cases, not be available for the current budget for the coming fiscal year that is now being prepared.
I have co-sponsored a bill which has been favorably reported out of committee, and is on the House calendar for action this week, which would provide for an additional round for rural fire trucks for each county qualifying in our state. Yalobusha, Tallahatchie, and Lafayette counties have all qualified for the previous rounds of this program, and as a result have obtained over 25 fire trucks for our area in years past.
I have supported the program providing assistance for counties and small town areas to obtain fire trucks and equipment since its establishment several years ago. I also co-sponsored the original legislation funding the first expenditures under this program.
I think it is critical that we in Mississippi continue working for improvement for rural and small town fire protection. Each dollar invested in this program can save dozens of dollars in insurance premiums to rural and small town Mississip-pians as well as providing greater safety for lives and property for the individuals residing in these areas.
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