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Lawmakers Urge Caution on Revenue

“While Mississippi may be back on paper, the same lawmakers expressing excitement are also urging caution about the sustainability of these revenue growths. They attribute much of the excess money to the influx of federal stimulus dollars and unemployment benefits issued over the last year.” “All the money that’s been dumped in the state is cycling …

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Arkansas Outpaces Mississippi in Public Education Spending

Lots of critical investments waiting on Mississippi’s drawing board…how will leaders take advantage of our opportunities to catch up with Arkansas and other neighbors? Read our opinion column: (graph sources cited here:

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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Dangerous voucher bill passes Senate; need calls to reps!

Senate Bill 2675, the ESA voucher bill, passed the Senate today on a vote of 37 to 13. The bill will now go to the House. Please ask your representative to VOTE NO on 2675.  Find contact information for all of the House members who represent your districts. Share the same message with Speaker Philip Gunn  Capitol: …

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Year-round School Comments Due

Today is the deadline to submit public comments on year-round school. In an effort to learn more about a “balanced calendar” or year-round approach to school, the Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9, in Room 216 of the Capitol. The committee will hear from Corinth School …

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The Latest on Important Bills

Here’s a quick update on progress to date on the education bills we are watching… On the House calendar awaiting a floor vote – deadline next Thursday, March 12: HB 989 – Limits Local Control/School Board Authority – VOTE NO – Prohibits local school boards from raising ad valorem taxes for the support of the school district when the …

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Senate Committees Pass Amended Voucher Bill

This morning, the Senate Education and Appropriations Committees passed SB 2594, a bill that puts in place new accountability measures for Mississippi’s ESA voucher program. And that giant online school loophole we asked you to call about? It was removed, so thank you for your work on that! SB 2594 requires that private schools receiving …

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These Bills Affect Your Schools!

Please keep calling about the voucher bill. Your calls are making a difference! SB 2594 narrows the ESA voucher program by requiring that private voucher schools provide the special education services called for in a voucher student’s IEP. That’s good. But there’s a giant loophole that lets voucher schools circumvent this key requirement: allowing online …

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