Month: January 2022

VOUCHER ALERT – Need Calls!

Today, the House Education Committee passed two dangerous bills. We need your help to defeat them. HB 795 is a voucher bill that uses state funds for non-public school students to attend a virtual school with no accountability. This is what the Legislature banned in 2020 when tightening up the ESA voucher statute in response to numerous abuses …

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Income Tax Elimination Threatens Teacher Pay, School Budgets

If you value teachers, public schools, and other vital state services, ask your senator to VOTE NO on House Bill 531. HB 531 would eliminate an estimated $1.5-billion in state funding, a quarter of the General Fund (even after increasing sales taxes), a blow to the state budget that would almost certainly necessitate deep cuts …

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Senate Teacher Pay Raise Bill Passes Committees

Today, SB 2444, the Senate’s teacher pay raise bill, passed both the Senate Education and Appropriations committees, another step toward more competitive pay for Mississippi teachers. The bill differs slightly from the proposal as first announced, increasing the 25-year bump for all teachers to $2,500. The Senate plan, which would be phased in over two years, …

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Public education is her passion

Those who know Marsha Gates won’t be surprised that she’s been named The Parents’ Campaign’s Member of the Quarter. A public school parent and longtime member of The Parents’ Campaign, Marsha is an enthusiastic volunteer for the Okolona School District, a leader in the Okolona community, and a staunch advocate for public schools statewide. She …

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House Passes Teacher Pay Raise Bill

Today, the Mississippi House passed HB 530, the House version of the teacher pay plan, another step toward a historic salary increase for teachers. House Education Chairman Richard Bennett gave a passionate speech in support of the pay raise, extolling the excellent work of Mississippi teachers and urging his colleagues to recognize their efforts with a …

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House Teacher Pay Plan Brings More Good News

Today, House Education Chairman Richard Bennett introduced HB 530, the House version of the teacher pay plan, or START Act. The bill, which increases substantially starting teacher pay and teacher pay overall, was taken up and passed in the Appropriations Committee.  Chairman Bennett lauded the progress that Mississippi teachers have made in improving student achievement …

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Senate Announces Teacher Pay Raise Plan

Today, Senate Education Chairman Dennis DeBar announced the Senate’s teacher pay raise plan.  Making the announcement at the Stennis Capitol Press Forum, the chairman explained that the proposal reflects the concerns and priorities that teachers expressed in listening sessions he held around the state, as well as feedback provided to the Education Committee in its …

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