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House Committee Votes Against Retired Educators

Heads up, public education supporters: Legislators in the House of Representatives voted against you in overwhelming fashion today. Teachers, they don’t want you to serve in the Legislature and draw your hard-earned retirement. This afternoon, the House Appropriations Committee voted down two bills that would have clarified the right of retired educators and other PERS …

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More Shenanigans, But You Can Help

House Speaker Philip Gunn continues to play hardball with the state retirees who were elected in November to represent voters in the Pinebelt, southeast Mississippi, and DeSoto County. The legislators being targeted qualify to serve in the Legislature while drawing their retirement, according to a new PERS regulation and an Attorney General opinion issued last …

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Teacher Pay Raise Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

SB 2001, a teacher pay raise bill, passed unanimously in the Senate Education Committee this morning. The bill gives certified teachers with three or more years’ experience a $1,000 pay increase. Teachers with two years of experience and less will get a slightly larger pay bump of $1,110 to bring them to an even $37,000 …

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House Names Education Committee, Governor Signs HB 1

Committees have been named in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Rep. Richard Bennett of Long Beach will return as chair of the House Education Committee, and Rep. Kent McCarty of Hattiesburg will serve as vice chair. Other committee members are Representatives Manly Barton of Moss Point, Randy Boyd of Mantachie, Charles Busby of Pascagoula, Larry …

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Ready for a Better Mississippi?

Know someone under 40 who’s ready for a better Mississippi? Our sister organization, The Parents’ Campaign Research and Education Fund, has just launched a terrific networking program for young, action-oriented Mississippians who want to be a new voice for a new Mississippi. The Mississippi Collective will offer opportunities for like-minded peers to connect with one …

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Shenanigans in the House

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann made it clear at the start of the session that he does not intend to engage in petty partisan politics, pledging to get good work done for the people of Mississippi and to work with anyone who is likewise inclined. Speaker Philip Gunn, not so much. Gunn is telling four duly …

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Senate Names Education Committee, House Addresses Teacher Pay Raise Snafu

The first week of the 2020 Legislative Session is in the books! Philip Gunn was sworn in for a third term as Speaker of the House, and Delbert Hosemann, who will preside over the Senate, took his oath of office as our new Lieutenant Governor. Lt. Gov. Hosemann announced this morning that Sen. Dennis DeBar …

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A Fresh Start!

Ready for a fresh start? The 2020 Legislative Session convenes at noon today with a new Legislature and new leadership. With that comes new opportunities – and challenges! Our children can’t stand up for themselves, so you and I stand for them. We are parents and teachers and legislators and regular folks standing shoulder to shoulder, …

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A Game-changer for Public Schools

Yesterday, the Board of Trustees for Mississippi’s Public Employees Retirement System made the final ruling on a policy change allowing state retirees to serve in the Mississippi Legislature and draw their retirement. Final PERS board approval had been pending confirmation from the IRS that the new policy would not jeopardize the tax status of the …

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