Almost one third of Mississippi students are expected to repeat the third grade.
The Mississippi Association of State Superintendents estimates that 28.4 percent of the state's third graders (11,000) will not pass a third grade reading test and will be held back per the state's "third-grade gate" law.
According to The Grio, Mississippi got its third-grade gate idea from Florida, which pumped $1 billion into its educational system.
Mississippi's Department of Education wants to hire more reading coaches for kids as funding for education has been cut by $930 million since 2007.
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However, state Rep. Gene Alday (R) doesn't want any more funding for education.
"I don't see any schools hurting," stated Alday, noted The Clarion Ledger.
Alday admitted that Mississippi "has a lot of bad school districts," but added, "The people are electing superintendents that don't know anything about education."
"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call 'welfare crazy checks.' They don't work," claimed Alday.
Alday recalled that when he would go to the emergency room, "I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because [blacks] were in there being treated for gunshots."