May 2012

Alabama Considers Charter School Legislation

Legislators in our neighboring state of Alabama also considered charter school bills in their 2012 session. They had vigorous public debate about how to ensure that charter schools help the children in their state whose schools are failing to educate them. The original charter school bills introduced in both chambers were changed significantly in response …

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MAEP & Retirement

The good news is that funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) will increase by $19.38-million for the 2012-2013 school year (Fiscal Year 2013). The bad news is that school districts will have to cover a $23-million increase in the employer’s share of the annual cost of the state retirement system. Therefore, schools will have about …

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MAEP Underfunded by Almost $260-million for FY13

For the 2012-2013 school year, Mississippi public schools will be funded at a level that is $258,943,631* below what state law (the Mississippi Adequate Education Program or MAEP) requires. Check your school district’s page to see your individual district’s share of underfunding. Statewide MAEP funding for FY13 is $19.4-million over FY12’s funding level. However, that funding boost is more …

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2012 Legislative Wrap-up

You can see how your legislators voted on bills tracked by The Parents’ Campaign by clicking here. Bills of interest that passed during this session on which The Parents’ Campaign did not take a position include: HB 707, which affects the start date of school. This bill says that school may not begin before the third Monday in August. Because a …

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