Superintendent Wright talks school closure and future possibility of year-round school

Mississippi Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright joined Tuesday’s episode of The Gallo Show to talk about how the Mississippi Department of Education is reacting to yesterday’s announcement that all public schools will be closed down for the remainder of the school year.

“I think he [Governor Reeves] put everybody’s safety—the safety of the children, parents, and staff across the state—first,” Wright said. “That’s not an easy decision to make.”

Fortunately for schools across the state, some money from the CARES Act should be flowing in soon, and Wright has an idea about where it should be spent—increased technology.

“We are going to highly recommend they [school districts] think about the technology needed, particularly with distance learning,” Wright said. “It is one-time money, so we want to make sure we are advising them as best we can on the best use of it.”

Spending the money on additional laptops and virtual teaching services would make sense as there is a high chance of a COVID-19 resurgence in the fall.

Interestingly enough, Wright also mentioned the idea of Mississippi joining the likes of Florida and California and moving to a year-round school system.

“That whole year-round idea is something that my leadership team and I are discussing and want to put together some information for districts to consider.”

To hear Wright’s full interview, click the video below.