Month: September 2015

K-12 News is Good; Politics as Usual at Budget Hearings

Yesterday, Dr. Carey Wright had good news for the Joint Legislative Budget Committee when she presented the K-12 budget request on behalf of the State Board of Education: Mississippi is getting a terrific return on its investment in our public schools! Teachers are doing amazing work in classrooms all over the state, and student achievement is continuing …

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Political bullying or visionary leadership?

Today and tomorrow, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) will hold a series of hearings that will set in motion the state budgeting process. Funding for our children’s schools through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program will almost certainly be hotly debated. The JLBC is a group of six House members and six senators appointed by the Lt. Governor and Speaker …

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What Teachers CAN do for Initiative 42

Can you believe the lengths to which some politicians will go to deny our children adequate education funding? Apparently, state leaders weren’t satisfied with tampering with the ballot title and the “official” state fiscal analysis – or with manipulating the official ballot to gain an advantage in the election – or with railroading through the …

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Initiative 42 Ballot Approved

The sample election ballot for Initiative 42, the school funding amendment, has been approved. As expected, the ballot is confusing. Not only does the ballot include a false fiscal analysis with which the leadership has admitted tampering, it also requires voters to jump through the hoops that the legislative leadership intended when it rammed through the alternative amendment last …

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Anti-education Politics Threaten K-12, Community Colleges, and IHL

State leaders are using a divide and conquer strategy, pitting universities and community colleges against K-12 in their attempt to defeat Initiative 42. Why? So they can continue, undeterred, to cater to the lobbyists pushing for corporate tax breaks and privatization of public education. Here’s what Initiative 42 opponents hope you’ll forget: Community college funding …

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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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