“If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, you shouldn’t call it a chicken”

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 at 1:00 am

If it weren’t real life it would make for good public policy reading–Governor, in the face of declining revenues, makes significant budget cuts, then House comes back to reinstate most of the third round of cuts. Governor says that there will be no tax increases, while some in and around the legislature are calling for tax increases on those in the six figure range. As a means to save money, school districts could potentially be consolidated, and perhaps some universities as well. Ok, I love politics, and this is an interesting read for me. But wait, this is real–real Mississippi.

There are tough decisions to be made and one of those decisions, according to Jackson State University President Ronald Mason, Jr.’s proposal is to consolidate Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State with Jackson State to form Jacobs State University! The name is inspired by a former slave and founder of Jackson State, H.P. Jacobs. According to Adam Lynch of the Jackson Free Press, Senator Alice Harden of Jackson spoke with President Mason regarding this proposal “and I don’t support it. We need to do something, but this isn’t it. I can’t stand behind this.”

Representative John Hines and HBCU Alliance Chairman Othor Cain have organized a rally at the state capitol on Thursday, January 28, according to the Delta Democrat Times, to “show support for our historically black schools. If we don’t, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. We can’t sit back and not do anything to prevent this from happening.” Additionally, of President Mason’s proposed consolidation of the three universities, Cain remarked that “If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, you shouldn’t call it a chicken. The way this plan is set up, it seems to turn Alcorn University into a remedial college for teaching students who leave high school unprepared for college. That’s what community colleges are for.”

Click here to read Adam’s story and to view President Mason’s proposal.


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