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Your School District’s COVID-19 Information

Want the latest information about your school district’s expectations for at-home learning? Or what meal services are available to your child while schools are closed? Or where to find updates and news from your schools? The Parents’ Campaign has you covered! We’ve added a COVID-19 section to the school district web pages on our site …

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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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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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Voucher Alert, Please Call!

We need your help on a voucher bill. You probably know that Mississippi’s ESA voucher program has been fraught with problems. At the root of it is the fact that, though the voucher is available only to children with special needs, the program doesn’t require private voucher schools to provide any special education services to …

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ESA Voucher Facts

Mississippi’s ESA voucher program has been analyzed by our sister organization, The Parents’ Campaign Research & Education Fund and by PEER. Findings include: less than half of students assigned vouchers have actually used them, many private voucher schools do not provide special education services (even though the program is intended for children with special needs), …

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State Test Scores and Other Testing News

State test scores are in, and the news is good! School districts continued their decades-long trend of academic improvement. Mississippi students showed gains in nearly every grade and subject area, with more students scoring in the top three proficiency levels and fewer scoring in levels one and two. See the percent of students in your school and school …

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Legislative Terms

Ad Valorem Tax ReductionA portion of a school district’s budget is made up of local ad valorem tax dollars (property taxes). This is often referred to as the local contribution. The Mississippi Legislature appropriates state dollars to offset (reduce) part of the local ad valorem tax.  Chickasaw CessionChickasaw Cession funding is an annual appropriation by the …

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