Month: February 2012

House Education Committee Barely Passes Amended Charter Bill

The House Education Committee has passed an amended version of the charter school bill on a 14 to 12 vote. Debate was intense. Many committee members expressed deep concerns about the provision that allows virtual charter schools and about the financial impact that such a broad charter school bill could have on an already stretched public education system.  The …

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House Education Committee Barely Passes Amended Charter Bill

The House Education Committee has passed an amended version of the charter school bill on a 14 to 12 vote. Debate was intense. Many committee members expressed deep concerns about the provision that allows virtual charter schools and about the financial impact that such a broad charter school bill could have on an already stretched public education system.  The …

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Charter School Bill Needs Work

The public charter schools bill that is most likely to be debated in the Senate, SB2401, has been introduced. The bill has many of the problems we anticipated, and it needs to be amended so that it has the intended effect: to improve student achievement and provide good options for kids who are trapped in chronically underperforming schools. A strong …

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Proposed House Rules Change Could Affect Ed Funding

House Rules Chairman Mark Formby is proposing a change to the way that the Legislature debates appropriations bills.  The proposed change has serious implications for K12 funding. The proposed change would require that any legislator who, during floor debate, offers an amendment to increase an appropriation to an agency (such as education) include in the amendment an equal reduction to …

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Governor Bryant Releases Executive Budget Recommendation

Governor Phil Bryant has released his Executive Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), which is next school year.  While the governor’s proposal replaces over $5-million that was cut from high growth districts in the last legislative session, it cuts the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) appropriation to all districts by another $72.9-million.  This would underfund the MAEP …

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