Month: March 2014

More Money Available for MAEP, FL Charter Lobbyist Backing Voucher Bill

Voucher Bill Pushed by Florida For-Profit/Virtual Charter School LobbyistThere 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). Yesterday, voucher supporters tipped their hand further when a tweet from the Florida lobbyists who were in our state last year pushing virtual and …

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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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Actions vs. Words

What They Say and What They DoWhen Legislators’ Actions Speak More Loudly Than Their Words  Parents have registered numerous complaints about what they perceive as a disconnect between what legistors say and what they actually do. Their points are well taken. See below the differences between what legislators say and how they vote.  What they say:  Legislators claim that they would like to adequately fund our schools if the money were …

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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 …

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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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Funding for the Teacher Pay Raise Does Not Count Toward Full Funding of the MAEP

The original version of HB 1476 underfunds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) for the coming school year by $265-million dollars. If the Legislature passes pay-raise legislation that mandates $65-million more in teacher salaries for the coming year, that will bring the total amount of increased funding needed to meet the salary increase and fully fund the MAEP …

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Mixed News on Deadline Day

I have great news and a little not-so-great news to report on this deadline day.Just after noon today, Sen. Hob Bryan led a successful effort to add $60-million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) appropriation. The amendment passed the Senate on a 26 to 24 vote. See that vote here.Please join me in thanking the 26 senators who supported better …

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Tomorrow is a Deadline Day for Voucher Bills

Tomorrow is the deadline for the House and Senate to act on general bills that originated in the other chamber. (The deadline for the funding bills comes later.) Numerous members have called, emailed, and texted from your spring break vacations to check on the status of the voucher, funding, and pay-raise bills. No action has been taken on …

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