Mississippi Pep: Senator Melanie Sojourner asks Gov. Bryant to veto SB 2161

From Mississippi Pep:

Senator Melanie Sojourner released today a letter delivered to Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday afternoon in which she requests he veto SB 2161, the bill purported by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves to put an end to Common Core.

Sojourner disagrees, saying the legislation doesn’t end the commitment to the standards, but instead has the effect of possibly locking the state into never being rid of them.

“It will make future repeal practically impossible,” she says.

“The bill does nothing to end Common Core. It merely renames it and creates yet another group of political appointments to help cover for politicians who refuse to take a principled position during an election year,” Sojourner wrote. “The bill was designed to give (legislators) cover to appear as if we had done something when, in fact, we have taken no substantive action whatsoever.”

Sojourner says she has great respect for the legislative process and doesn’t make the veto request lightly. However, SB 2161 must be done away with to allow a fully transparent debate on Common Core in the Mississippi Legislature.

“Please allow the legislature to take real action to fully repealing Common Core. With reports of a special session on the horizon, placing Common Core on the agenda would guarantee a vigorous and transparent debate, without the games and posturing we have become accustomed to during the 2015 regular session.”

Sojourner says SB 2161 adds another layer of government bureaucracy that comes between parents, teachers and students, and gives politicians “political cover.”

“The people of Mississippi do not need more federal involvement, another commission or an added layer of government bureaucrats; we need the legislature to do its job, however difficult,” she writes. “We must fully repeal Common Core and return education decisions to parents and teachers at the local level.”

Sojourner writes to Gov. Bryant that she has “great concerns that Mississippi’s push for more diverse school choice policy will be negatively affected if we do not address this immediately.”

She adds that “Common Core will eventually be used to reduce the autonomy of homeschooling parents, and others who seek to maintain the liberty of offering their children an alternative” education.

See the Full Letter Here



  1. William Smith says:

    Sen. Sojourner was one of three Republicans who voted no on the bill and one of six Senators voting no, the other three being Democrats.

  2. MichaelW says:

    I believe Gov. Bryant has also already stated that this bill does nothing but create another beuracratic do nothing board that does nothing to repeal common core that he would also like to see done away with. We will see whether he holds his ground or bends to pressure from established Republicans who are seeking re-election and are trying to appease everyone for votes so they can stay in office.

  3. Ken Sherman says:

    Please VETO this bill. It’s time to stop stupidity in this state instead of bowing
    Down to a government that thinks we as Mississippians are a group of people who can’t think for ourselves. My grandchildren know nothing of our history under common core; it needs to be gone

    • Jane Green says:

      Yes Ken, the govt should surely leave us alone and let us think for ourselves, because if anybody else gets involved we could end up ranked last in education in the entire nation…….oh wait, never mind.

  4. williamhsmith1109@gmail.com says:

    And how long have your grandchildren been in school under Common Core?

  5. As we lawyers like to say, “Bad facts make bad law.” Therefore, if the Governor is convinced that the bill under consideration is all smoke and mirrors, then perhaps it would be best for him to veto the bill and invite the legislature to repeal the Common Core legislation and its accompanying regulations during the next 2016 session, and replace it with another meaningful education program that our elected officials can agree is more in sinq with what is in the best interstate for all MS children. Also, by vetoing the bill and inviting the legislature to join him in revamping the education program next year, every one can cool down and do the necessary research this year, so that when they do regroup in 2016, the legislature will be prepared to take a look at the education issue from a position of strength.

  6. Christy Hunter says:

    I am a parent of two children who are in public schools. One of them have been through enough changes in the school curriculum and different testing. It is not right turning my child and others into the test subjects. Some of the kids are really struggling to make up for the learning gaps that common core has created. The stress alone is not healthy for them. I understand they wanted to create something better for our kids but somewhere along the line people got greedy and just saw dollar signs to be made. So at the cost of other programs needed in the districts, teachers, and much more cut to pay for this new program. What has really been gained? Colleges don’t use this. Some of the material they do use such as cursive writing isn’t taught anymore but these kids need it. I just think we have short changed our kids for what? Really?? It falls under GMO food groups almost.. Worth nothing but it sounded good in the beginning.

  7. Kay Veitch says:

    This new bill simply renames Common Core … it does nothing…. we need NEW STANDARDS without the federal government interfering with our schools….please stop this Gov. Bryant… don’t let them play political games at our children’s expense…

  8. I have four children in public school under common core. The problem is not so much as the program but yet the teachers knowing how to properly teach it. They are all so focused on the making sure they cover the whole plan for national rating than making sure the students learn the work presented to them. They just continue to move on and on and on. My children have been in private school and public school. They have been in public these last few years and it has been the worst. You go from one curriculum to another without gradually phasing it in and expect to get high national numbers but instead you have thousands of student either failing or barely passing. Schools did not offer any additional assistance to struggling students because it’s just too many. Instead they are not learning anything because the teachers don’t understand how to teach it. The intervention programs are jokes. A waste of time taking a child from class for a few minutes while the other students are moving forward.
    Parents wind up looking for tutors to try to help there children. The ones who can afford a Minumim of $25.00 an hour. My children use to love reading and learning new things. Now I find myself forcing them to want to learn. My 2nd, 3rd, 10th and11th graders have enough of pressure in today’s society than this added stress of fearing failure due to teachers not understanding what they should be doing and parent trying to find money to get them the help they need. Politician are getting greedy while our children suffering and left behind. How many politicians you know children are in the public school system so how would they know anyway?

  9. William Smith says:


  1. […] Governor Bryant to veto the bill, everything from Senate floor debate by Senator McDaniel, a letter and media appearance by Senator Melanie Sojourner, and a petition drive that netted over 1,000 […]

  2. […] Bryant to veto the bill, everything from Senate floor debate by Senator McDaniel, a letter and media appearance by Senator Melanie Sojourner, and a petition drive that netted […]

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