Month: January 2015

Why are out-of-state billionaires investing in a Minnesota school board race?

The following is an excerpt of an article posted by Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post in October of 2014.For several years now local school board races around the country have attracted big money from outside the state — and sometimes from across the country — as school reformers and their supporters seek to elect like-minded public …

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Privatization Forces at the Capitol

Our kids need your help. Well-funded privatization forces are gaining ground in their efforts to privatize Mississippi’s public education system, a move that would hand state tax dollars and our children’s futures to unaccountable for-profit, virtual, and private schools. Here’s what we know: a wealthy Mississippi businessman who supports privatization measures is offering large amounts …

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HB 449 Aims to Silence Educators

“Mississippi is being governed like a third world country.” We have heard that comment from more than one of our members in the last week. House Bill 449 will reinforce that sentiment among many of you. HB 449, authored by House Education chairman John Moore of Rankin County, would make it a criminal offense for teachers to …

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HB 449 Aims to Silence Educators

“Mississippi is being governed like a third world country.” We have heard that comment from more than one of our members in the last week. House Bill 449 will reinforce that sentiment among many of you. HB 449, authored by House Education chairman John Moore of Rankin County, would make it a criminal offense for teachers to …

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Majority of Senate Tramples Will of People with Passage of HCR 9

This afternoon, the Senate passed HCR 9, over the objections of the people they were elected to serve, on a 31 to 21* vote. You can see how your senator voted here. You can see the tweets of those following the Senate debate here. They provide a pretty good snapshot of the floor discussion. Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison …

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Majority of House Ignores Public Outcry

A majority of your House of Representatives let you down today. Despite the more than 200,000 Mississippians who signed the petition for Initiative 42, and despite the thousands of you who called, emailed, texted, tweeted, and otherwise asked your legislators to vote NO on any alternative amendment, 64 of them did exactly what you repeatedly asked them …

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#HandsOff42 Virtual Rally Was a Huge Success

Congratulations on a terrific #handsoff42 Virtual Rally! Your message was delivered loudly and clearly, and that is good news for Mississippi children. Legislators report that they were astounded at the number of people who emailed, called, texted, and posted on social media in support of Initiative 42. You are truly amazing! You made it clear that, overwhelmingly, Mississippians want …

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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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