Month: March 2015

Your Representative’s Votes on Vouchers and Amendments

The voucher bill passed the House on a 65-51 vote this afternoon. Important amendments were offered and rejected; see below for explanations of the amendments and vote reports showing how your representative voted. As recently as this morning, there were not enough yes votes for the leadership to bring the bill up for consideration. Between 10:30 …

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Mississippi Parents Are Standing Up for Public Schools

Parents all across the state are fed up with the childish partisan politics that have resulted in Mississippi’s 50th ranking on virtually every positive poll, particularly those related to the education of our children, and they have taken to social media to express their frustration. Those sites are taking off like wildfire.  Check out these …

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Mississippi’s Graduation Requirements for Children with Disabilities

All Mississippi students, including those with disabilities, should be provided a free and appropriate education to ensure that they have every opportunity to lead successful, independent lives. Recently, the education of children with special needs has received a good bit of well-deserved attention. Unfortunately, in most cases, only partial information, some of which has been …

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Down to the Wire: Privatization Votes Coming in House and Senate

When you pray, move your feet.  It’s an old proverb that is among my favorites. Sometimes, the answer to a heartfelt prayer comes in a call to get up and do something – to be the vessel, the hands and feet, through which important works are done.  Mississippi parents are answering that call. They are moving their feet …

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Some Bad News, Some Good News

Mississippi parents make my heart sing! My phone has been ringing and my inbox is full. Droves of Mississippi parents are asking, “What else can we do to make our legislators support our public schools?”  Hang in there, and don’t give up!  Tell ten of your friends how your legislators voted on bills in the last round, …

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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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