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Rep. Hughes talks 2018 legislative session

Photo courtesy of Representative Jay Hughes.

With the new year mere weeks away and the legislative session right around the corner, Mississippi politicians are gearing up for the 2018 legislative session.

News Mississippi sat down with Representative Jay Hughes to get his opinions on the upcoming session.

Education promises to be a big ticket item on the docket with school choice being something that many are talking about along with changing the formula for the MAEP.

“It’s nothing more than having people be able to dictate where their dollars go, and that’s contrary to what a democracy is,” Hughes said. 

However, Hughes said that when it comes to education, he wants to have more input in the legislature from retired teachers.

Currently, retired teachers are not allowed to draw retirement and participate in the legislature without freezing their retirement.

“I’d like to see legislation that allows teachers to teach instead of having to carry the water for the legislatures and their many many bills about teaching, and I would like to see teachers receive an exemption so that when they retire they can run for and serve in the legislature and make a difference on education.”

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