Month: February 2015

Legislators Play High Stakes Politics with Children’s Futures

In an incredibly irresponsible, politically-motivated move, the House passed a bill today that, if enacted, will ensure that our children will never receive adequate school resources. You can see your legislator’s vote here. HB 1629 removes 30 percent of state general fund revenue by eliminating the entire state income tax, phased out over the course of 15 years. The …

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Mississippi Department of Education Holding Literacy Meetings for Parents

To help parents strengthen their children’s early literacy skills, the Mississippi Department of Education will hold eight meetings throughout the state for parents of Kindergarten through 3rd grade students.  The meetings will provide an overview of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act and teach strategies that parents can use at home to help their children improve their reading.  …

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Florida’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act Provides Important Good Cause Exemptions That Mississippi Left Out

Mississippi lawmakers claim to have modeled Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act after Florida’s, but Florida did not base its retentions on one test. The Sunshine State’s statute has a provision that leaves the final say with teachers, principals and superintendents, so long as they can back up their recommendations with evidence that the student in question …

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Who’s Who in Education & Economic Development

Mountains of research show that poverty is the best predictor of academic failure. Studies also show that children living in poverty require significantly more resources to level the playing field and give them the same shot at success as their more affluent peers. Because Mississippi has the highest rate of poverty in the nation, Mississippi …

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What your district stands to lose in funding

How much will your district be shortchanged if the MAEP isn’t fully funded? A lot. Click here to see an estimate of what your district stands to gain if the MAEP is fully funded – and what it stands to lose if it isn’t. The current appropriations bill under-funds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) by $201-million. HB 1536 provides an increase …

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Facts on Florida’s Reading Initiative

Beginning in 2001, Florida took steps to improve reading proficiency among its youngest schoolchildren. In 2012, To learn more about the initiative, The Parents’ Campaign participated in two conference calls with the staff of Florida’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, a lobbying group pushing other states to adopt Florida’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act, among other school reform …

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House Passes K-12 Funding Bill, MAEP Shorted $201-million

Today, the House of Representatives passed the K-12 funding bill, HB 1536, on a unanimous vote with almost no debate. The bill under-funds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) by $201-million. HB 1536 provides an increase in MAEP funding of $107-million over last year, about half of which will go to cover the second phase of the well-deserved pay …

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Still Time to Contact Representatives; Ed Funding Debate Tomorrow

The House did not take up the funding bill today, so there is still time to make those calls! We are expecting that debate tomorrow shortly after the House convenes at 10 a.m. You can watch it here.  Here are the facts you need to know: An increase of $307.8-million would be required to fully fund the Mississippi …

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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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