Education summit reveals more potential budget cuts

By Ashley Porter - email

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - In Diane Setzer's class at Davis Elementary School, kindergartners are singing, making patterns and making connections.

"How do I make the connection between reading and math and science all in one lesson?" Setzer asks. "[For example,] you drew a tree that has an apple on it. Now let's write about it, so we make that connection to writing about it. Then we might talk about how an apple grows on a tree, which goes along with science."

Education strategies were the topic of a summit of state leaders Wednesday. But not all the news was good.

"I had to make some [budget] cuts last month. I hope, but doubt, that they're the last cuts to be made this year," Governor Haley Barbour said. "This school year and next school year, education will receive about $196 million in that federal money."

Once that money runs out though, the state could find itself struggling for education funding.

"Our revenue situation is likely to continue to decline," Barbour said.

And teachers like Setzer are learning to adapt to achieving more with less money.

"The stuff that I was using today is stuff that's been in that classroom for years," Setzer said. "And it's just a matter of how do I take it, go a little deeper with it? How do I get the kids to want to know more about it? You can always count with beans -- you don't have to have counters!"

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