December 3, 2018

AG Opinion | State Retirees Can Run for Mississippi Legislature and Keep Their Pension


Fed up by a lack of support for public education, nearly 1,800 educators ran for public office in November’s election. Searching for champions of public education and instead finding lawmakers seeking to dismantle it, educators have been forced to look inward.


Across the country, educators and retired educators have successfully mounted campaigns to serve in their state legislatures, on their local school boards, and in many offices in between. Here in Mississippi, however, we’ve been led to believe that wasn’t an option for our educators because it would mean losing access to hard-earned pensions.


Today’s news from the Attorney General’s office is a huge step in the right direction. It’s an opportunity to join the nationwide movement to ensure educators have a voice at the table. Whether it’s in the classroom or the halls of a state capitol, our educators are ready to fight for their students every single day.


It’s why we #WearRedForEd and why we want to #SeeEducatorsRun.


Are you ready, Mississippi? Because it’s time to use our teacher voice.


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