Month: March 2014

Conference Report Updates on Vouchers, MAEP Funding and Teacher Pay Raise

Here’s the latest news from the capitol as of 7:00 p.m. on Saturday… Voucher BillThe voucher bill conference report has been filed, and it’s pretty much the same as the Senate version – bad. It does nothing to serve the interests of children with special needs. It’s still just a bill to privatize and “profitize” public education – will your …

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Legislators Play Money Games to Avoid Funding Schools

How do legislators turn recurring revenue into one-time money and avoid meeting their statutory obligation to fund public education? Here’s how it works: legislators refuse to acknowledge the revenue that is right before their eyes, leaving it on the table until after the budgeting process is over. Then they sock it away in savings, call it a surplus, and leave it …

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Recurring and Non-recurring Revenue

Mississippi’s budget is funded by two types of state revenue: recurring and non-recurring. Non-recurring revenue, often referred to by legislators as one-time money, is revenue the state receives in one year that will not recur in the future, such as court settlements. Non-recurring revenue comprises a very small portion of the total state budget. Recurring revenue, on …

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Florida For-profit, Virtual Charter Lobbyists Backing MS Voucher Bill

There have been plenty of clues that the voucher bill being pushed in the Mississippi Legislature is not really about helping children with special needs (as it has been framed). One telling moment was when those pushing the vouchers refused to amend the bill to require that the voucher schools actually be capable of serving children with …

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Privatization Agenda: Starving Public Schools, Pushing Private School Vouchers

Privatizing and “profitizing” public education? That is exactly what the voucher bills debated in the 2014 Legislative Session were intended to do – and they had “disingenuous” and “unintended consequences” written all over them. House Bill 765, defeated by the House of Representatives on the last day of the session, was very broad, allowing private …

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Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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