Month: January 2019

RED ALERT: Call Representatives, Another Voucher Threat

New voucher threat in the House chamber this morning! Please call your representative right away. House Bill 1072 includes many of the same provisions as the terrible Senate voucher bill we told you about yesterday. One of the worst? It gives unaccountable private schools MORE money – not less – than public schools receive in MAEP per-student …

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Time to Call Legislators: Voucher Threat

Grab your cape! It’s time for our children’s heroes to take action. A number of privatization bills have been filed in each chamber, and among the worst is voucher expansion legislation, Senate Bill 2675, introduced by Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison. Here’s what SB 2675 would do: • open vouchers to ALL students, adding an estimated 4,700 new …

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Facts: Mississippi ESA Voucher Program

FACT: Since the special education voucher program began, the Legislature has underfunded special education in public schools by $101.7-million. (Sources: Mississippi Department of Education, The Parents’ Campaign Research and Education Fund) FACT: Special education in public schools is underfunded almost $30-million this school year alone. FACT: 67% of the voucher schools responding to the PEER investigation admitted that public …

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Reeves Threatens Voucher Expansion

Remember that special education voucher program that was supposed to help children with special needs? Well, here’s the truth about that hoax (and keep reading to see what Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing now)… The voucher program rules stack the deck against children with special needs, giving all the power to private voucher schools to …

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What Legislators Didn’t Do for Children with Special Needs

Legislators had opportunities to provide real help for children with special needs, but instead, chose to focus on legislation that provides our most vulnerable children no assurance of special services at all. Yesterday was the deadline for bills to move forward out of legislative committees. Here is a recap of what legislators could have done, …

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The Full Story on Mississippi’s Low Graduation Rate Among 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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Appointed Versus Elected Superintendents

Updated 4/5/2016 Governor Bryant signed Senate Bill 2438 into law, providing for the appointment, rather than election, of all school district superintendents, effective January 1, 2019. The Parents’ Campaign has advocated for this change since 2008. Updated 4/24/2012 There are about 60 school districts in Mississippi in which superintendents are elected. Throughout the US, with …

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