Chastity May Magyar
Joseph Thomas (Incumbent)
1. What is your experience with K-12 public schools, personally and/or with your children or family?
I am a parent and grandparent of students that attended public schools. I have served on my local school board and the state school boards association.
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 will vote to fully fund MAEP and closely monitor our State Department to see that those funds are used to help our students. I have served on the Senate Education Committee, my goal was to “stand up for children.”
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?
We need more experienced leaders with job creation expertise. We need to prioritize state revenue to make sure that our citizens are taken care of.
4. Will you oppose vouchers that send taxpayer dollars to private schools, religious schools, home schools, or virtual schools? Why or why not?
Yes, I will oppose any efforts to send taxpayer dollars from our schools.
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 we should fully fund our special education services each year. We must prioritize funds and use state, federal and private/grant funds to make this happen.
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?
We must draft legislation and approve budgets that will help to reduce barriers for school success.
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?
I will commit to use teachers, principals, superintendents and parents for input.
I will always vote for what is best for my constituents and nothing else.