Month: March 2017

Good Job! Session Ends, Vouchers Die

The 2017 Legislative Session is in the books; the House and Senate finished their work and adjourned sine die this afternoon! Notably, a majority of legislators stood with public school supporters and defeated all voucher bills that would have sent public money to private academies, including the voucher language the Senate had added to HB 1046. That voucher …

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Legislature Passes School Funding Bill

The Legislature has adopted a K-12 funding bill for the coming school year (2017-2018) that reduces funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program another $20-million below the sparse funding schools were left with for the current school year after two rounds of mid-year budget cuts. HB 1502 puts public schools statewide about $40-million below what they were …

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Misinformation at Play in Voucher Debate, Budget Woes Worsen

Lawmakers were given misinformation during the first round of the voucher debate. As legislators were being urged to pass a bill allowing vouchers for private school tuition, they were told repeatedly that the state’s largest school district, DeSoto County, has no program to serve students with dyslexia. DeSoto County students, it was claimed, were desperate …

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Secret MAEP Revamp to be Unveiled?

Legislators have been told that MAEP revamp numbers are coming this week, according to sources in the House and Senate. Some say that only “select legislators” will see the data, maybe as early as tomorrow (Tuesday). Everyone involved should take note of the red flags listed below. Speculation is that the leadership is counting votes to determine whether or …

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Press Coverage of Rally for Public Education Funding

The Clarion-Ledger: Hundreds rally for voice in ed funding rewrite Mississippi Today: Public school backers demand ‘Seat at the Table’ Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: Northeast Mississippians help lead pro-education rally at Capitol Jackson Free Press: Students, parents, business leaders rally for ‘Seat at the Table’ in ed formula rewrite Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: Reed, McMahan will …

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What a day! Hundreds of Mississippi parents, students, and educators crowded into the Capitol today to rally in support of public schools. Congratulations to rally organizers – and thank you – for a fantastic event! And kudos to all those who took time from your spring break vacation to travel to Jackson to stand up for …

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See You Tomorrow

Tomorrow is RALLY DAY! We hope you will come. This rally is a chance to make it crystal clear to our Legislature that public education is our #1 priority and that the way it is funded can make or break our children’s future. Get more information here. Drivers, please drop off passengers on the south side of the Capitol (Mississippi …

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Mississippians, frustrated with the secrecy surrounding the MAEP rewrite, are organizing an education funding rally at the Capitol: “Seat at the Table” Community Rally in Support of Public Education Funding Thursday, March 16, 2017 10:30 a.m.  Mississippi Capitol, 2nd Floor Rotunda, Jackson, MS (Free parking available at the State Fairgrounds. Drivers drop off passengers at the …


School Funding Rally March 16

Reserve a Seat on a Charter Bus to Jackson A rally for public school funding is being held at the Capitol in Jackson next Thursday, March 16. Great news – a very generous public school supporter has offered to charter a bus or van to transport folks from the Tupelo-Lee County area to the Capitol …

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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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