Month: July 2020

Help Stop DeVos Plan to Shift Public Money to Private School Students

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is playing hardball in her scheme to take millions of dollars away from our neediest public school children and give them to our state’s wealthiest private school students.  These are federal CARES Act funds that were sent to public schools according to the Title I formula, meaning public school districts got …

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Start of School Looms With No School Budgets

Last Thursday, we reported to you that Gov. Reeves had created an unnecessary crisis by vetoing funding for public schools with the start of school just weeks away. Recent events have caused speculation that the veto was a politically motivated stunt, after the governor’s initial explanation was proven baseless. Here’s what we know (and what …

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Reeves Vetoes MAEP, Protects Private School Vouchers

Late last night, Gov. Tate Reeves vetoed almost all funding for public education in the K-12 appropriation bill, leaving school districts with no budget – and no way to pay teachers – at the worst possible time: with the fast approaching start of a school year brimming with unprecedented challenges.  Among the sections the governor struck …

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Legislature Wraps Up Budget Bills, Goes Home for Now

The Legislature wrapped up its work on general and appropriations bills and has gone home for the time being. They will return as necessary to handle issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The state budget presented more than the typical challenges as lawmakers grappled with less revenue and greater needs – both a result of …

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