Month: March 2014

Special Needs Advocacy Organization Opposes SB 2325 and HB 765

Families as Allies, an organization that advocates for families whose children have special needs, has announced strong opposition to the special needs voucher bills, SB 2325 and HB 765.  The concerns presented by Families as Allies (see complete list here) include: the loss of IDEA protection by any children whose parents accept vouchers and agree to withdraw their …

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Senate Passes Teacher Pay Raise Bill

The Senate this week passed its own version of a teacher pay raise bill, differing from the previously passed House bill by providing higher increases up front and eliminating the benchmark requirements. The Senate plan also provides for a performance-based stipend available to teachers beginning in 2016. Lt. Governor Reeves and Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison …

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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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