/This Week Flag case dismissed, more state cuts, after-school programs unsettled

This Week Flag case dismissed, more state cuts, after-school programs unsettled

Reeves ruled Moore did not produce any evidence that the Confederate battle emblem that is part the state flag caused any legal injuries. Moore claimed that the Mississippi flag violated his 13th and fourteenth constitutional amendment rights. Reeves, however, stated that Mississippi’s Declaration of Session from 1861 was the basis of his opinion. This declaration shows that Mississippi joined the Confederacy in order to protect slavery. Reeves stated, “While it was not the Confederacy’s official pennant, the battle flag is still the most widely recognized symbol of the Confederacy.” Bryant reduced the budgets of all but four state agencies in order to pay $56.8million for an accounting error. Mississippi Adequate Education Program and Institutes of Higher Learning Financial Aid are the only agencies that will not see their budgets cut. Many districts in the state are still not sure if they will receive federal funding for after-school programs, even though it is already a month into the schoolyear. After Wright’s accounting error, Carey Wright, the state superintendent of education, said that there would be about $10 million available to help districts. Mississippi Today was informed by Wright that the department is still reviewing August and July reimbursement requests from schools, districts, and other sources that could impact the final amount for the school year. Wright expects to have a plan in place by the end next week. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to the Spring Member Drive today.