Month: October 2014

School Funding: What State Leaders Aren’t Telling You

Our elected officials have some explaining to do… In the wake of the most recent round of attacks on the MAEP and excuses for inadequate school funding, The Parents’ Campaign Research and Education Fund (TPCREF) took a hard look at the realities of the state budget. The result is astounding. The numbers tell a very different story from what our elected …

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Mississippi’s Elected Officials are Expert Excuse-Makers

How many excuses can state leaders make for their failure to provide adequately for our children’s education? A lot! Including some false allegations designed to discredit public schools so that they won’t have to fund them. Here are a few… The MAEP formula directs more money to administration and less to classrooms. Wrong! The formula does not …

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Accountability Ratings for Mississippi Schools and School Districts 2014

The Mississippi Department of Education has released the 2014 school and school district accountability ratings. However, these ratings in part reflect results of MCT2 tests, which districts were required to administer, even though most districts had transitioned to teaching under the new standards. Because what was tested was not what was taught, districts were told …

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Tennessee Charter School Law Eliminates Profit Motive

For-profit entities are not allowed to operate or manage charter schools in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Education: Though a few states allow for-profit entities to operate public charter schools, and many states allow non-profit charter school governing bodies to contract with for-profit entities to operate or manage charter schools, Tennessee law prohibits …

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Legislators Hear School Funding Request

Yesterday, the Mississippi Department of Education presented its budget request for next year to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC). Members of the committee had a number of questions and comments for MDE. Some JLBC members expended a lot of energy criticizing schools; none was spent on the fact that the Legislature has withheld $1.5-billion from schools in the …

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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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