Month: November 2013

Joint Legislative Budget Committee Members On Full Funding of the MAEP

Prior to the 2011 election, The Parents’ Campaign asked candidates for the Legislature and statewide offices about their willingness to commit to full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program as required in state law. Here’s what the members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) had to say… Tate Reeves, Lieutenant Governor, Chair of …

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Governor Bryant Recommends Underfunding MAEP by $284.5-million for Fiscal Year 2015

Governor Bryant has announced his budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2015, the budget that will be decided in the coming legislative session. Governor Bryant’s budget underfunds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program by $284.5-million, despite significant increases in state revenue and a $295-million surplus at the end of the 2013 budget year. This budget demonstrates that our children’s …

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Charter School Draft Request For Proposals and Scoring Rubric Released for Public Comment

Draft Charter School Application Guide (RFP) Draft Charter School Application Rubric Instructions for Submitting Public Comments Comments Submitted by The Parents’ Campaign The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board has released for public review the draft Request for Proposals (RFP), or the Charter School Application Guide, for the establishment of charter schools. Community groups and others …

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The Research on Charter Schools

The most recent and extensive study of charter schools (National Charter School Study, CREDO, released June 2013) found that: 25 % of charters performed better in reading than their traditional public school counterparts; 29% of charters performed better in math 19% performed worse in reading than their traditional public school counterparts; 31% of charters performed …

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Chickasaw Cession

The treaty with the Chickasaw Indian Nation ceding their land to the United States failed to specifically reserve Sixteenth Sections, and when the lands were later sold by the government, no provision was made for the reservation of school trust lands. Later, the United States granted the State of Mississippi lieu land as compensation for …

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Quality of Distribution Index

The Quality of Distribution Index (QDI) represents an overall measure of student performance on statewide assessments in a given school year for a school or school district. The QDI is based on a relatively simple concept – if more students score in the higher proficiency levels on the test, the distribution of scores is more …

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The Effect of Cuts to School District Budgets

School District Budget Cuts Go Into Effect NBCT School District Losses Consequences for Children   Most Mississippi school districts operate on very thin margins, and the vast majority of any district’s budget is made up of salaries.  Teachers operate under contract, and districts are bound by law to honor those contracts, so those salaries must …

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Cuts to School District Budgets: Consequences for Mississippi Children

Children go through school only once.Mississippi teachers have one year to lay the critical foundation necessary for a child to move successfully through school and into a bright future. Research has shown conclusively that, when a child is provided an ineffective education for two consecutive years, that child never fully regains his or her lost …

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How a Bill Becomes a Law

A bill must go through a lengthy process in order to become a law.   Step 1. The bill is first introduced in the House or Senate (depending on whether a representative or senator authored the bill) and then referred to a committee. Examples of committees are education, finance, judiciary, and appropriations, to name a …

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Common Terms of the Legislature

  Act A bill passed by both houses and signed by the Governor Action Any step of parliamentary procedure upon a proposed law or resolution Adjournment The ending of a legislative day; regular adjournment sets the date for the next meeting Ad Valorem Tax Reduction Click here for full definition. Amend To alter formally by modification, deletion, …

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