Month: March 2011

Breakdown of Actions and Votes on HB1494

House Action on HB1494House Bill 1494, the education funding bill, as it passed the House of Representatives, provided level funding (the same as this year) for Fiscal Year 2012. After the bill passed the House, it went to the Senate Appropriations Committee.    Senate Appropriations Committee Action on HB1494The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a strike-all amendment to the bill …

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Senate Defeats Leadership’s Attempt to Strip Funding from Ed Budget

On a 29-22 vote, the full Senate defeated the Senate Appropriations Committee’s strike-all amendment that would have stripped $81-million from the House level of funding in HB1494, the education funding bill.  Of that $81-million, $65-million would have come out of the MAEP.  Defeating the strike-all amendment restored the higher House level of funding.  Click here to see that vote. A …

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Senate Passes House Version of Education Funding Bill

On a 29-22 vote, the full Senate has defeated the Senate Appropriations Committee’s strike-all amendment that would have removed $65-million from MAEP funding and a total of $81-million from HB1494, the education funding bill. Defeating the strike-all amendment restored the higher House level of funding. Click here to see that vote. A number of Senators spoke passionately …

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Gains in Student Achievement Follow Better Funding and Increased Rigor

It is true that Mississippi’s student achievement lags that of other states, and much work remains to be done to ensure that our children and our state reach their potential. It is not true, however, that Mississippi schools have not improved in recent years. In fact, Mississippi schools have led the nation in improvement in reading …

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