Month: December 2015

State Test Scores, Budget Recommendation Released

Scores from last spring’s state testing have been released, and they are very much in line with expectations. These tests for grades 3 through 8 were aligned with the more challenging subject matter that is now being taught in Mississippi classrooms. Statewide, 59 percent of 3rd through 8th grade students scored in the top three …

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Budget Writers Recommend Cuts for Most State Agencies

As noted last month, the decisions legislators make on corporate tax breaks have a direct impact on the level of funding our children’s schools receive. Special legislative favors, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks granted to corporations over the last few years, are shrinking state revenue. Legislators now propose to …

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Initiative 42

Initiative 42 was a citizen-led effort to amend the Mississippi Constitution to give each child the right to an adequate public education. The amendment was defeated narrowly in the November 2015 state election. See certified election results. Post-election message from Nancy Loome  “Yes for 42” video What is Initiative 42? Printable handouts Sample ballot See more on …

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Be Our Voice: Resources for Meetings with Legislators

Lawmakers are our voice at the Capitol – don’t stay silent. They are elected to represent us, but legislators cannot vote on behalf of our interests if we don’t tell them what we need and help them understand why we need it. Parents and educators all over the state are organizing Be Our Voice meetings in their school districts. Join …

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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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