Month: August 2021

Tax Cut Study Hearings Wrap Up

It’s safe to say that the Joint Tax Study Committee hearings didn’t change many minds. One of the groups pushing the House plan to eliminate the income tax is Empower Mississippi, which was founded in 2014 with the goal of privatizing public education through vouchers for private school tuition. Among the strategies that privatization groups …

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This Week: Legislative Hearings on Funding

If you care about teacher salaries, public school funding, pre-k, or myriad other state services, you will want to pay attention to the legislative hearings scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday.  House Speaker Philip Gunn has proposed a plan that will reduce the state revenue that pays for the MAEP and other public school funding. …

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School Board Elections Coming Soon

Have you considered running for your school board? A number of local school boards have elections coming up, and the qualifying deadline is Friday, September 3.  See school districts with upcoming board elections A candidate must: be a bona fide resident and registered voter of the district in which the election is being held have …

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Teachers, Others Can Be Paid for COVID-related Leave; State of Emergency Extended

Teachers worried about their paychecks being docked for COVID-related absences can breathe a sigh of relief for now. Gov. Reeves has extended Mississippi’s State of Emergency for an additional 30 days, shifting its expiration to mid-September. Local school boards and other governmental agencies may pay employees who miss work for reasons related to the pandemic …

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MS Teacher Salaries: A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Kudos to our talented staff member Josh Taylor for creating this terrific graphic showing how Mississippi’s average teacher salary compares to teacher salaries in other Southeastern states. Need we say more? In September, the Senate Education Committee will meet to hear from experts on teacher compensation, with a goal of crafting a plan to make …

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Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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