Month: July 2015

Judge Rules on School Funding Suit, Primary Election in Two Weeks

Last week, Judge Singletary ruled against former Governor Musgrove and the 21 school districts that sued the state for the amount their schools have been underfunded since 2008. In his decision, Judge Singletary agreed that schools should be fully funded but also said that current state law allows the Legislature to skirt that responsibility. So does …

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American Federation for Children is Buying Legislative Seats to Privatize Public Education

The American Federation for Children turned its attention to Mississippi after successfully bankrolling the wins of privatization candidates in state legislatures in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennesse, and Wisconsin in 2014. Not limiting its PAC money to legislative races, AFC has also spread its influence to judicial and local school board campaigns in …

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Heavy-handed Political Move Highlights Importance of 2015 Election

Yesterday’s news underscores the importance of August 4 for public education – the day of the primary election, when some of our most important legislative seats will be decided. You have probably heard by now that House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson summoned state agency heads to the Capitol yesterday in what was clearly a scare …

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Heavy-handed Political Move Pits School Funding Opponents Against Citizens

You have probably heard by now that House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson summoned state agency heads to the Capitol yesterday in what was clearly a scare tactic designed to gin up opposition to Initiative 42, the citizen-proposed constitutional amendment that would make an adequately funded public education a fundamental right of Mississippi children (see details …

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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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