Our public education questionnaire is offered to candidates in statewide and legislative elections. Search for candidates’ questionnaire responses below. Election dates: Primary – August 8, 2023, General – November 7, 2023
General Election Candidate:
Tracey Rosebud (Incumbent)
Tracey Rosebud (Incumbent)
1. What is your experience with K-12 public schools, personally and/or with your children or family?
I completed school from a public school district as well as my family.
2. Do you agree that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) should be fully funded every year? If yes, what actions will you take to ensure full funding? If no, explain why.
I totally agree and I will continue to work hard to see it happen.
3. What will you do to ensure state revenue that is sufficient to provide all of the services Mississippi’s citizens need to lead productive lives?
I will continue to support any and all efforts to see that all citizens receive adequate assistance as needed.
4. Will you oppose vouchers that send taxpayer dollars to private schools, religious schools, home schools, or virtual schools? Why or why not?
Yes because if it’s not clearly defined for those purposes we should not be using it otherwise.
5. Do you agree that all K-12 schools that receive taxpayer dollars, including private voucher schools, should be accountable to taxpayers for the quality of education they provide, using the same accountability measures as public schools?
6. Public schools serve the vast majority of Mississippi students with disabilities. Do you agree that special education services in public schools should be fully funded every year? (Special education has been underfunded by the state every year since 2008.) If yes, how will you accomplish full funding? If no, explain why.
Yes and I will advocate for the funding with other colleagues as a true method to provide services.
7. Do you agree that Mississippi should provide high quality early childhood education statewide?
8. The nation’s top teachers say that the greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students are family stress, poverty, and learning and psychological problems. What steps do you believe legislators should take to alleviate these obstacles for Mississippi children?
I think we should provide family therapy services whenever possible. This could help alleviate some of the issues.
9. In the 2022 Legislative Session, a significant teacher pay raise was passed. Do you support continued pay increases to ensure that Mississippi’s teacher salaries keep pace with inflation and salaries in our neighboring states?
10. Do you agree that retired educators (and other retired state employees) should be able to draw their retirement while serving in the Legislature?
11. Legislators have little or no staff to help them understand the many bills they must consider. Before introducing or supporting a bill that could affect public education, will you commit to seeking input from teachers, principals, superintendents, and parents of public school students in your district? Who will be advising you on education policies?
Definitely, as always.
I have always voted in the best interest of the people in my district and plan to continue to do so.
Sedrick Smith (defeated in primary)
Watson Turnipseed (defeated in primary)