COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce Education Committee hosted its annual education town hall Monday night at the Courtyard Marriott in Columbus.
A panel filled with school board leaders and Mississippi state lawmakers answered questions that the education committee had prepared.
They answered questions regarding topics, including the need to make the school system a priority for the community, funding for public schools, and teacher pay.
After the panel discussed the committee's questions, then it was the public's turn to raise their concerns and questions when it comes to education.
When discussing funding for public schools state Sen. Angela Turner-Ford said, "It needs to be funded, K-12. IHL needs to be a priority. Certainly, y'all understand that kindergarten is critical and y'all need to make it a priority as well."
During the discussion, state Rep. Kabir Karriem said the legislature does not know everything, and when they are trying to make the tough decisions regarding education, they often turn to the experts in the field - the school board members.