Month: March 2014

Teacher Pay Raise Conference Report Passed

The teacher pay raise conference report (HB 504 CR) was filed on 3/31/14 and passed by both the House and Senate on 4/1/14. It provides for: $1,500 across-the-board raise in 2014-2015 $1,000 across-the-board raise in 2015-2016 A School Recognition Program will be implemented beginning in 2016-2017. It: Requires financial awards to be shared by teachers …

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Legislature Passes K-12 Funding Bill, Voucher and Pay Raise on Calendar

The House and Senate have passed a K-12 funding bill that is simply indefensible. Though revenue is at an all-time high, legislators chose to shortchange the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) by $255-million, providing only a $10-million increase in the MAEP. Instead of investing in our children’s future, they socked millions of our tax dollars away in the Rainy Day Fund.  This …

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K-12 Funding Bill Passes House and Senate

The K-12 funding bill conference report has passed the House and Senate. It underfunds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program by $255-million. The bill provides: $10-million increase in MAEP – MAEP will be underfunded by $255-million $60-million for a teacher pay raise Full funding of the Chickasaw Cession Interest Payment Full funding of the National Board …

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Same Problems Still Present in Voucher Conference Report

The conference report for HB 765 was filed today. Click here to read the analysis. The report, a final agreement between three Senate conferees and three House conferees who were assigned to negotiate on the bill, corrects none of the problems that were present in the most recent version of HB 765. Legislators should vote “nay” on HB 765 CR. Click here to read …

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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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Three Easy Steps To Creating a Strong Local Network

Step One Get TPC sign-up forms out in your schools. We will be glad to send you everything you need to get sign-up forms home to parents in your school district. Call or email Cindy White at 601-961-4551 or cwhite@msparentscampaign.org, and she will get you started.  Forward TPC emails to friends and family who are not currently members and encourage them …

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Superintendents and Student Achievement

Studies have shown consistently that the effectiveness of the school superintendent has a significant impact on student achievement. Good school superintendents not only set a positive tone for the entire district, they also hire, encourage and retain good principals who hire, encourage and retain good teachers. McREL Study Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) …

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School Boards and Student Achievement

The Lighthouse Study, recently released by the Iowa Association of School Boards, indicates that school boards in high achieving districts are significantly different from school boards in low achieving districts. Study Results: Similarities in High Achieving and Low Achieving Districts Care about children Peaceable relationships with other board members and superintendent Positive board opinion of …

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Mississippi School Boards

Your county circuit clerk can tell you whether or not your zone has a school board candidate on the ballot in the upcoming election.  Click here to find contact information for your circuit clerk’s office. The Parents’ Campaign urges parents and citizens to support their local schools and school boards. One of the best ways parents can stay abreast …

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10 Traits of Highly Effective Principals

1. The Communicator – a genuine and open human being with the capacity to listen, empathize, interact and connect with individual students, parents and teachers in productive, helping and healing ways, as well as the ability to teach, present and motivate people in larger group settings. 2. The Educator – a self-directed instructional leader with a strong …

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