Month: February 2014

The Children First Act of 2009 – House Version

The following is a Mississippi Department of Education summary of the House version of The Children First Act – HB 1142 Section 2 : Requires students in sixth grade or above to maintain a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to participate in sports or extracurricular activities. The State Department of Education would monitor …

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The Children First Act of 2009 – Senate Version

The following is a Mississippi Department of Education summary of the Senate version of The Children First Act – SB 2628 Section 2 : Authorizes the State Board of Education to define underperforming schools and districts, using such factors as student assessment data, graduation rate, dropout rate and completion rate. Requires a school district to publish …

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Legislators Vote Against Funding for SPED Accommodations and for Vouchers

The current iteration of the education funding bill underfunds public schools by $265-million. Now legislators are pushing legislation that gives $6,000 vouchers to pay tuition at private schools or for school supplies, computers, and myriad other expenses for parents of children with special needs who agree not to enroll their children in public schools. Many of the legislators who voted against adequate …

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Legislators Vote Against Funding for SPED Accommodations and for Vouchers

The current iteration of the education funding bill underfunds public schools by $265-million. Now legislators are pushing legislation that gives $6,000 vouchers to pay tuition at private schools or for school supplies, computers, and myriad other expenses for parents of children with special needs who agree not to enroll their children in public schools. Many of the legislators who voted against adequate …

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House Fails to Amend HB 1476

This afternoon, an attempt was made in the House of Representatives to increase the MAEP appropriation in  HB 1476, the K-12 funding bill. That effort failed when 66 House members voted instead to table the motion to reconsider the bill. A “yes” vote on this motion was a vote to send the bill to the Senate without increasing MAEP funding. You can see that vote here. Please join …

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Another Chance to Amend K-12 Funding Bill, Increase MAEP

We will have another chance to amend HB 1476, the K-12 funding bill, to increase the funding for the Mississippi  Adequate Education Program (MAEP).Phone calls to legislators from Mississippi parents and educators about the education funding bill are having an effect – we need to keep it up!There is reason to believe that an amendment to increase MAEP funding will …

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HB 1476 – MAEP Grossly Underfunded Again

Enough is enough! This morning, the House Appropriations Committee passed HB 1476, the K-12 funding bill, and once again, schools are massively underfunded. HB 1476 contains no increase in the MAEP beyond a $25-million allocation for the first half-year of a proposed teacher pay raise. This bill underfunds the MAEP by $265-million. The economy has recovered.In …

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We are Making Progress!

We made some progress, but we still have a lot of work to do. The good news is that, of the 38 troublesome bills that we told you about a few weeks ago, 35 are now dead, and one of those still alive is not subject to today’s deadline, so it hasn’t been considered. Your conversations with your legislators are …

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HB 502 – Mississippi Achievement School District

HB 502 is proposed as an alternative to the New Start law that is set to take effect next fall. (The existing New Start law requires the immediate takeover of all schools that are rated F for the third consecutive year – and the notification of all school employees the of their possible termination the year prior – when ratings are released …

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Teacher Pay Raise Passes House

The teacher pay raise, HB 504, passed the House of Representatives today on a vote of 86 to 26. See that vote here. Please join me in thanking the House of Representatives for this effort to move teacher compensation to a more competitive level. The bill now will go to the Senate where its fate is uncertain. Click here for a description of …

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