Former governor William Winter was honored Friday at Millsaps College in Jackson, for the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Education Reform Act of 1982. Many of those who were on the front lines, helping pass that historic piece of legislation, were also present for the occasion.
The moderator of the panel honoring Winter was Charles "Peanut" Overby, former editor of the Clarion Ledger, who led the newspaper to win the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1983 for it's coverage of the Education Reform Act passage.
"It's great to see you Bert," Overby said to Bert Case. "I remember you were right in the middle of that Education Reform act. We all did it together."
The so called 'Boys of Spring' were also honored for the role they played in getting the Education Reform Act passed, as assistants to Governor Winter.
Andy Mullins, now an assistant to Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones, said Winter gave up his political future for the Education Reform Act.
"Governor Winter kept on and he was willing to sacrifice his political future for the children of Mississippi." said Mullins. "It will be recorded as one of the most significant things that any legislature has ever done in this state."
We asked Winter if Mississippi needs an Education Reform Act of 2012 and if one could be passed.
"I think it would be possible but it would require the same process of developing public support and understanding," said Winter.
The Education Reform Act of 1982 was the first piece of legislation passed in the newly renovated capitol building.
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