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Pivotal Next Steps

Together, we’ve laid a strong foundation: 15 years of wins for Mississippi students and teachers. It’s time to look ahead to the next 15 years…what do our children need to succeed? When public schools win, we all win. The quality of our public schools drives the quality of our communities. Our teachers, all Mississippians, and most importantly …

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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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