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Legislators Address Public Education at Forum

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- West Tennessee lawmakers met at Union University, Thursday night to discuss public education in the Volunteer State.

State Representative Jimmy Eldridge, Craig Fitzhugh and Johnny Shaw along with State Senator Lowe Finney formed the panel, and took questions that ranged from teacher pay and core curriculums. At least 50 people gathered for the event.

These state leaders said they expect educational issues to be a top priority this session.

"School vouchers is going to be a big issue for me to have to deal with, because I know the governor is coming up with something," said State Representative Johnny Shaw (D) of Bolivar. "Don't know what it is haven't seen the details of it."

"We've got to continue to improve how we pay our teachers, look at the pay scale, are we being fair the way we do it," said State Representative Jimmy Eldridge ( R) of Jackson.

All of the men said it was hard to say what measures could come before them because the legislative calendar has not been set.
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