Month: March 2020

MDE Clarifies Policies on Testing, Grad Requirements, & More

The Mississippi Board of Education met yesterday to adopt policy suspensions that will help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and teachers.  The Board adopted the following: Graduation for the Class of 2020Seniors who meet all district and state requirements and earn a minimum of 24 Carnegie units may graduate this school …

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Really, Really Super-Cool Stuff!

Our public schools rock!! As we struggle to adapt to the disruptions in our lives brought on by the coronavirus, public school leaders and teachers are working overtime to protect the wellbeing of our children and families – and to ensure that learning continues during this unprecedented time. Thank you, Mississippi educators! You are our heroes. …

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Big Decisions Affecting K-12 Announced Today

This morning, Governor Reeves announced an executive order closing all public schools through April 17. Immediately following the governor’s announcement, the Mississippi Board of Education approved the following: suspension of all state testing and accountability for the 2019-2020 school year request that the US Department of Education waive all federal assessments for the 2019-2020 school …

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Bill Addressing Paid Leave Passes Both Chambers

This morning, the Mississippi Senate passed HB 1647, authorizing local school boards to grant teachers and all school district employees LEAVE WITH PAY during a state of emergency. The bill grants the same authority to city and county governments. HB 1647 now will go to Governor Reeves for his signature. Earlier this week, the governor …

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Legislature Addresses Pay for Teachers, School Staff, Government Employees

The Mississippi Legislature met today to address paid leave for teachers, school staff, and state and local government employees.  While both chambers produced bills addressing this problem, the House passed its own bill and adjourned without taking up the Senate version. The Senate will return tomorrow to take up HB 1647, which authorizes local school …

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Important News on State Testing & More

State superintendent Dr. Carey Wright has announced that she will ask the Mississippi Board of Education to suspend all testing and accountability requirements for the 2019-2020 school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Education will meet virtually at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, and the public is encouraged to watch the …

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Good News!

Today was a deadline day in the Mississippi Legislature, and we have good news! HB 989, the legislative power grab that would have limited school districts’ local control, died on the House calendar.  A bipartisan effort to defeat this bill, led in part by newly-elected representatives, resulted in HB 989not even being brought up for …

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Need Your Help on Hostile Bill

We need your help to defeat HB 989. HB 989 is hostile to public schools. It would limit your local school board’s authority to raise the revenue needed to provide the school programs and services important to your community.  Please ask your representative to VOTE NO on HB 989.  Capitol Switchboard: 601.359.3770 Find contact information …

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The Latest on Important Bills

Here’s a quick update on progress to date on the education bills we are watching… On the House calendar awaiting a floor vote – deadline next Thursday, March 12: HB 989 – Limits Local Control/School Board Authority – VOTE NO – Prohibits local school boards from raising ad valorem taxes for the support of the school district when the …

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Important Bills

Yesterday was the deadline for legislative committees to pass bills that originated in their own chambers. Today, floor debate began in earnest as the Legislature works toward a March 12 deadline for bills to pass the full chamber in which the bill originated (House bills must pass the House, Senate bills must pass the Senate). …

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