Month: January 2020

Teacher Pay Raise Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

SB 2001, a teacher pay raise bill, passed unanimously in the Senate Education Committee this morning. The bill gives certified teachers with three or more years’ experience a $1,000 pay increase. Teachers with two years of experience and less will get a slightly larger pay bump of $1,110 to bring them to an even $37,000 …

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House Names Education Committee, Governor Signs HB 1

Committees have been named in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Rep. Richard Bennett of Long Beach will return as chair of the House Education Committee, and Rep. Kent McCarty of Hattiesburg will serve as vice chair. Other committee members are Representatives Manly Barton of Moss Point, Randy Boyd of Mantachie, Charles Busby of Pascagoula, Larry …

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Ready for a Better Mississippi?

Know someone under 40 who’s ready for a better Mississippi? Our sister organization, The Parents’ Campaign Research and Education Fund, has just launched a terrific networking program for young, action-oriented Mississippians who want to be a new voice for a new Mississippi. The Mississippi Collective will offer opportunities for like-minded peers to connect with one …

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Shenanigans in the House

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann made it clear at the start of the session that he does not intend to engage in petty partisan politics, pledging to get good work done for the people of Mississippi and to work with anyone who is likewise inclined. Speaker Philip Gunn, not so much. Gunn is telling four duly …

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Reverse Repealer

Reverse RepealerA repealer is a provision included in a statute that sets a date on which that law is repealed, or ceases to be in effect. This provision is used when the law is needed only for a certain period of time or to force the Legislature to revisit the issue in order for the …

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Conference Committee

Conference CommitteeWhen the House of Representatives and the Senate fail to agree on any portion of a piece of legislation, conference can be invited by the chamber in which the bill originated in order to work out the differences.  When conference is invited, a conference committee is formed to negotiate the compromise.  The conference committee …

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Senate Names Education Committee, House Addresses Teacher Pay Raise Snafu

The first week of the 2020 Legislative Session is in the books! Philip Gunn was sworn in for a third term as Speaker of the House, and Delbert Hosemann, who will preside over the Senate, took his oath of office as our new Lieutenant Governor. Lt. Gov. Hosemann announced this morning that Sen. Dennis DeBar …

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A Fresh Start!

Ready for a fresh start? The 2020 Legislative Session convenes at noon today with a new Legislature and new leadership. With that comes new opportunities – and challenges! Our children can’t stand up for themselves, so you and I stand for them. We are parents and teachers and legislators and regular folks standing shoulder to shoulder, …

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Your support makes all the difference.

A new year and a new, more education-friendly Legislature present a monumental opportunity to provide teachers and students the tools they need to be successful – and an urgent need to get it right. Help us seize this moment for our children and our public schools. #GivingTuesday ….. Read more.