Funding

House Passes Assistant Teacher Pay Raise

ANOTHER GOOD DAY! Today, House Education Chair Richard Bennett offered an amendment to HB 1365 that provides a $3,000 pay raise for assistant teachers, bringing their minimum salary to $20,000. The amended bill passed on a 114-3 vote and now will go to the Senate for consideration. Representatives also responded to concerns about HB 1373, the …

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A Good Day – Still a Long Way to Go

Thank you! For thousands of phone calls and text messages; for thoughtful conversations with your lawmakers; and for legislators who listened, scoured bills, and stood strong for public school teachers and children, we are so very grateful! Today was a good day! HB 1489, the anti-teacher, anti-public school bill, died in committee. Thank you to …

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News on MDE Changes to State Plan & MAEP Events

The Mississippi Department of Education is inviting your input on proposed changes to Mississippi Succeeds, the state’s plan to comply with the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The proposed changes are in red on the document linked here. You can find additional information about the plan and the proposed amendments here. Public comments …

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Good News About the MAEP: CALL TO ACTION

The Legislative Budget Office tells us that the Legislature has an extra $1-billion to spend in the 2023 Legislative Session. Even better, these are recurring dollars – the Budget Office expects this funding to continue in coming years.  That extra billion is 3 times what is needed to fully fund the MAEP for the 2023-2024 school year. Our …

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State Funding

Mississippi is flush with cash, and state revenue continues to come in well ahead of projections. Today, Mississippi has $740-million more available to spend for this year than legislators appropriated – an excess that has increased with each passing month. Meanwhile, our public schools are underfunded $279-million. Our teachers and students have proven that when …

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Legislators Chose to Underfund Your Schools. See How Much.

At last August’s Senate tax cut hearings, the message from Mississippi’s business and industry leaders and the community at large was clear: DO NOT CUT TAXES; INVEST MORE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. Then, we asked you to call. And you did. Thousands of you called and urged your legislators to pay the debt they owe our children before …

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Legislature Finalizes School Funding, Adjourns Sine Die

The House and Senate have decided the final budget for the state and adjourned the 2022 Legislative Session. This session had some big wins and plenty of disappointments, but be assured that your voice made a big difference. The Good News: Funding for public schools pre-k through grade 12 increased for FY2023 by $326-million, or 7% overall, …

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State Budget Almost Finished

The House and Senate worked late into the evening on state budget bills, but some remain unresolved. The public school funding bill passed both chambers, and we are analyzing those numbers for you now.  We will have the details for you tomorrow, so stay tuned. Together, we’ve got this!

Legislature Misses Budget Deadline Again

We won’t have a public school budget bill this weekend. The Legislative leadership acknowledged today that they would not meet the extended deadline for adoption of appropriations and revenue bills. They have extended that deadline once again, this time to April 10, although they are expected to complete the budget bills early next week. Thank …

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