November 2013

What is Required for Strong Student Achievement?

Children who are “school ready”A strong curriculumExcellent teachers and leadersSufficient time on task to master skills See how top-performing countriesachieved superior outcomes Mississippi’s Status Quo The status quo in Mississippi has been firmly protected over the years by state leaders who have refused to make the changes that research shows improve student achievement. Their excuse […]

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Parent Advocacy

Who Are Advocates? Advocates are… people who plead the cause of another. Advocates are… mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends. Advocates are… people who care. Speaking up for quality public education may well be one of the most important things you will ever do for your child – and for my

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The Parents’ Campaign’s 2013 School Reform Agenda

An excellent early education experience for every child (A Blueprint Mississippi 2011 recommendation) $5-million appropriation for Mississippi Building Blocks Based on a per-student cost of $2,000, this will allow MBB in 2013-2014 to reach approximately 2,500 children in child care centers located primarily in low-income areas of Mississippi An excellent teacher in every classroom (A Blueprint Mississippi

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The Parents’ Role in Achievement Testing

Teachers, students, parents and communities have important roles to play throughout the school year to ensure that students get the most from their education. Each year, schools assess student achievement to gauge the progress being made in their classrooms.  This year, Mississippi is using new assessments from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

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School District Losses

The governor is asking that public schools prepare to cut their budgets by 2% this year and 4% next school year. See what these cuts would mean for your school district… The Mississippi Department of Education has prepared a spreadsheet that shows the amount of MAEP funding each school district would be forced to return

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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

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Comparing the House, Senate and Governor’s Budgets

House and Senate budget negotiators are now in agreement on virtually all aspects of the education budget. Governor Barbour has proposed a budget that funds K-12 at a level approximately $45-million below the House and Senate position.   The current House and Senate positions fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), including add-on programs

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