Month: March 2021

Celebrating 15 years of advocacy!

Today, The Parents’ Campaign is celebrating 15 years of advocacy for Mississippi children and public schools! We’re thrilled at the progress that has been made since our official start on March 31, 2006. Beginning with concerned moms chatting around a kitchen table, The Parents’ Campaign grew quickly, bringing parents, grandparents, educators, and community, faith, and …

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Legislature Finalizes School Funding, Other Education Bills

Thank you for making all those calls to legislators today about the private school voucher provision that was sneaked into the 1,000-page bond bill just before midnight. It worked! A big THANK-YOU to our legislators for insisting that the language creating a new voucher program be removed. This evening, the House and Senate adopted the conference …

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Update on Budget and Other Education Bills

The state budget wasn’t yet finalized when tonight’s 8:00 p.m. deadline for filing appropriations conference reports rolled around, so conferees for the pre-k-12 budget bill filed a “dummy” report, with $0 appropriated, to meet the deadline and keep the bill alive while they hammer out final details. A few of the bills we’ve been tracking have …

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Another Accountability Change Considered, MDE Invites Your Input

The State Board of Education (SBE) has modified its proposed change to the Statewide Accountability System to include the WorkKeys assessment as a career-readiness indicator in the College- and Career-Readiness (CCR) component. The public has until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26, to provide feedback to the board before the final change is adopted. At …

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See Which Education Bills Survived Deadline, Status of Teacher Pay Raise

The fate of the teacher pay raise rests with the Mississippi House. Word is that passage of the teacher pay raise is being caught up in negotiations over the unvetted tax swap being pushed by the House leadership. Our teachers have gone to the mat for us, working overtime under extremely difficult conditions to keep …

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Teacher Pay Raise Passes Full Senate in 2nd Round

The teacher pay raise bill has once again passed the full Senate on a unanimous vote. The Senate amended HB 852 to replace the House language with the Senate pay raise language.  The amended bill provides: $37,000 starting salary for teachers with two years of experience and less ($1,110 raise) $1,000 pay raise for certified teachers with …

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