Low Pay – But Teacher’s Can Get Weight-Watchers

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a teacher voucher program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts and kept the money flowing for years even though relatively few teachers were using it. The payments were uncovered during an investigation of how state legislators funnel education funding to favored vendors. Weight Watchers collected about $300,000 per year between 2011 and 2016 while working with lobbyist Beth Clay. Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison says lawmakers could direct $20 million a year in education funding without disclosing how the money was being spent until 2016 when his committee began listing each earmark in the education appropriations bill. Mississippi is one of the lowest-ranking states in public education per-pupil spending.


2 Comments on "Low Pay – But Teacher’s Can Get Weight-Watchers"

  1. Where?? 18 years and I have never heard of this program/perk.

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