Coach Sylvester Croom gone from Mississippi State

After its humiliating football loss to Ole Miss (45 – 0) Friday, MSU has announced the resignation of coach Sylvester Croom, the first black head football coach in the Southeastern Conference. Most MSU fans were probably happy at Croom’s decision, though many will likewise sympathize with the man. What lies ahead for the Maroon and White, and for Coach Croom? Have you a recommendation for a new head coach? Will new MSU President Mark Keenum have a say in the search and decision? Your comments welcome.

Published in: on November 30, 2008 at 5:46 pm  Comments (2)  

Grading scale for Vicksburg schools altered

The old:

A – 93-100, B – 85-92, C – 75-84, D – 65-69, F – 64 and below

And the new:

A – 90-100, B – 80-89, C – 70-79, D – 65-69, F – 64 and below

What are the benefits of the change to the students? Will the change result in improvements to their education? While foreign powers seek education excellence, is the USA seeking to candy-coat the educational process in an attempt to deny its failures? Your opinions welcomed.

Published in: on October 31, 2008 at 7:33 pm  Comments (3)  

Join PPS for Lunch Bunch to discuss Dropout Prevention

Topic: Dropout Prevention
According to the Mississippi Department of Education, this year alone, more than 10,000 Mississippi teens will choose a different road than their classmates and drop out of school. High school dropout are more likely than graduate to be employed, incarcerated, living in poverty and receiving government assistance. The cost to Mississippi is estimated to be $458 million each year.
Join Parents for Public Schools and Donnell Bell for lunch to learn about Mississippi’s dropout crisis and ways the local community can help solve the problem.
Speaker: Donnell Bell
Date: October 29, 2008
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Location: Battlefield Inn | 4137 Frontage Road | Vicksburg, MS
Please call 601-969-6936 or email to RSVP. No cost to attend, $5.00 for lunch.
Donnell Bell
Donnell Bell is the Division Director for Counseling in the Office of Dropout Prevention. Prior to this appointment, he served as Training Coordinator/Certification Analyst with the Offices of Educator Licensure and Leadership and Professional Development. He received his Master of Education in Guidance Counseling and Bachelor of Social Work from Jackson State University.
Do you know other supporters of public education who might want to attend this event? If so, please forward this email to them. If you received this email from a friend, please click here to be added to our network of public education supporters.

Published in: on October 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Email to VS – Parents for Public Schools

On November 4, voters in Vicksburg’s Districts 3 and 4 will make an
important decision impacting our children’s education.

Parents for Public Schools seek to inform the candidates and the greater
community about some of the concerns from parents. The attachment was
designed to assist voters in asking meaningful questions of candidates
surrounding those concerns.

Monica Cannon
Parent Coordinator
Parents for Public Schools

School Board Election Informational Flyer

Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mississippi’s big-3 universities – football powerhouses not

Ole Miss won three national football championships (1959, 1960, and 1962) under the leadership of coach John Vaught. Neither Mississippi State nor Southern Mississippi has ever come close. In recent years the three programs have failed to produce teams of national note. This past weekend saw all three go down to defeat. What’s the problem? Do you think Mississippi will ever again produce a national football championship? What would you recommend the universities do to get back on the winning track?

Published in: on September 21, 2008 at 11:41 am  Comments (3)  

Ole Miss: No. 2 party school

Ole Miss has been voted the number 2 party school in the country by the Princeton Review. Good? Bad? Indifferent? Is partying the goal we set for our sons and daughters when we send them off to college? What’s your opinion?

Published in: on July 29, 2008 at 8:37 pm  Comments (16)  

Letter from a California teacher…

This letter, titled “Cheap Tomatoes,” tells the illegal immigration story so well that we decided to post it.


“As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:


I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.


Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.


Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking a glass of milk and roll — but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten( OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK )


I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)


I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing

funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America . (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)


I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them “Putas” whores and throwing things that the teachers were in tears.


Free medical, free education, free food, day care

etc., etc, etc.  Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements ?


To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.


Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For me, I’ll pay more for tomatoes.


We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster because we won’t have the guts to enforce it . Does anyone in their right mind really think they will voluntarily leave and return?


It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses

to assimilate , and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about ” politically correctness” that we don’t have the will to do anything about it.


If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.


CHEAP LABOR? Isn’t that what the whole immigration issue is about?


Business doesn’t want to pay a decent wage.


Consumers don’t want expensive produce.


Government will tell you Americans don’t want the jobs.


But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase “cheap labor” is a myth , a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as “cheap labor.”


Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for

$5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an “earned income credit” of up to $3,200 free.


He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.


He qualifies for food stamps.


He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.


His children get free breakfasts and lunches

at school.!

He requires bilingual teachers and books.


He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.


If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare.     All of this is at (our) taxpayer’s expense .


He doesn’t worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.


Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.


He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.


Working Americans

are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left after paying their bills and his.


The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trash clean-up.


Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!



Published in: on December 5, 2007 at 8:35 am  Comments (9)  

Property taxes – will there ever be any relief?

By now many of you have received the bill for your 2006 property taxes. For those of you who were unfortunate enough to suffer reappraisal, the bill may have left you in shock.


Remember when our city and county leaders, and our school board, took such pride in announcing that there would be no increase in the tax rate? Do you understand why now? It’s simple, of course. Due to the reappraisals, the amount of taxes they will receive will be far greater than in the past.


One has to question whether our elected officials care that the standard of living of the average citizen is steadily deteriorating, and that their appropriation of a larger and larger share of the homeowners’ income is making matters that much worse.

 Tax cuts, not tax increases, spur economic development and create individual wealth. Do you suppose our leaders are aware of that fact? Do you think they care? 

Published in: on December 4, 2007 at 8:26 pm  Comments (32)  

Vicksburg’s schools: Preparing for Columbine or Al Qaeda

We at VS were unaware that the local schools are preparing via drills for the possibility of a Columbine-style attack, or even for an incident involving a terrorist. One of our readers, however, was confronted with that fact when his daughter described just such a drill. His post is shown below, and as he allowed, his name is included.

  i am john kirby day. my 6 year old came home today from sherman aveschool she tells me they had a drill at school. iasked her if it was a fire drill; she said ” no, it was in case a bad man was in the school, they had to seeif 23 students would fit in the bathroom.”  i believethat we should know they are having terrorist drillsat our schools. i personally am glad to know they arepreparing our children for real situations that DOhappen in this worldi went to school here in vicksburg in the eighties andwe didnt have to worry about things like that. we hadtornado drills nowadays our schools are about aslikely to have a shooting as they are being hit by atwister      please repost this with my name if you like   by the way i love the forum it is an honestunbiased opinion of the politics that affect me and myfamily directly. thank you for having me 

Your comments are invited.

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 9:34 pm  Comments (6)  

Are hugs outlawed in Vicksburg schools?

Melissa and Dean Coulter met with officials of the Mascoutah (Illinois) School District 19 this week to discuss the two detentions given their daughter, Megan, for hugging friends goodbye for the weekend. School officials said the eighth grader violated a policy banning public displays of affection.


How do you feel about the “no public display of affection” policy? How about Vicksburg’s schools – is such a policy in place?

Published in: on November 13, 2007 at 4:34 pm  Comments (2)  

Our school board – gone nuts?

This is hearsay, but it came from a teacher in the public school system, so one has to give it some credence, to wit: The local school board has decided to recognize the “culture” of local public school students by taking into account the way they have been raised. The most blatant example of this acceptance of familial or peer background, or “culture,” as described by this teacher, is this: If a student gets in a teacher’s face and calls her a “MF,” the teacher merely accepts it as a product of that student’s “culture.”


We hope this hearsay is untrue. Any of you who have direct knowledge of the school board’s position are invited to comment.


Published in: on October 18, 2007 at 9:51 am  Comments (8)  

Vicksburg-Warren schools – No child left behind?

It’s generally accepted among our citizenry that our schools are a cut above those of surrounding counties and states. Supt. James Price is held in high esteem by educators and parents alike. There are, however, those who object to the cost of education in our county. The school system’s share of our local property taxes is large and ever-growing, and their budget is under control of the school board alone; the board may increase the amount property owners pay via property taxes at will. Now Rep. George Flaggs has suggested the county Board of Supervisors be given veto power over the schools’ budget. Do you think this is proper and fair?

Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 2:08 am  Leave a Comment