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College Loan Repayment Program for First-year Teachers

First-year teachers in Mississippi are eligible to have a portion of their college loans repaid by the state. The Winter-Reed Loan Repayment Program was passed by the Mississippi Legislature earlier this year as part of an effort to recruit our best and brightest into the teaching profession. Teachers under contract in a school district designated as a …

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Teacher Compensation Hearing Provides Food for Thought

The testimony at today’s Senate hearing on teacher pay provided legislators lots to think about as they consider how to adjust state law – including teacher compensation levels – to better recruit and retain teachers in Mississippi. You can watch the recording of the hearing at your convenience. Here are some takeaways from today:• Mississippi’s starting …

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Teacher Compensation Hearing TOMORROW

The Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on teacher compensation tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15, at 10:15 a.m.  You may attend the meeting in person in Room 216 of the State Capitol. A livestream of the hearing will be available to watch real time, or you can watch the recording later at your convenience.   The committee will hear …

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Teacher Pay Comments Due September 8

If you haven’t done so already, please email your comments about improving Mississippi teacher salaries to the Senate Education Committee by tomorrow’s 4:00 deadline. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard on this important issue. I have submitted my own written comments on behalf of The Parents’ Campaign. Comments should be emailed to …

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Your Chance to be Heard on Teacher Pay

The Senate Education Committee will meet at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, to hear from experts about Mississippi’s teacher compensation, with a goal of making our state’s teacher pay competitive across the Southeast. Though the committee cannot safely accommodate all of us for public testimony at the hearing, they do want to hear …

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Tax Cut Study Hearings Wrap Up

It’s safe to say that the Joint Tax Study Committee hearings didn’t change many minds. One of the groups pushing the House plan to eliminate the income tax is Empower Mississippi, which was founded in 2014 with the goal of privatizing public education through vouchers for private school tuition. Among the strategies that privatization groups …

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This Week: Legislative Hearings on Funding

If you care about teacher salaries, public school funding, pre-k, or myriad other state services, you will want to pay attention to the legislative hearings scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday.  House Speaker Philip Gunn has proposed a plan that will reduce the state revenue that pays for the MAEP and other public school funding. …

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MS Teacher Salaries: A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Kudos to our talented staff member Josh Taylor for creating this terrific graphic showing how Mississippi’s average teacher salary compares to teacher salaries in other Southeastern states. Need we say more? In September, the Senate Education Committee will meet to hear from experts on teacher compensation, with a goal of crafting a plan to make …

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14 Years of Underfunding

14 years of underfunding. This year’s graduates have had their education shortchanged every single year – funded at a level that even Mississippi law says is inadequate. $3-billion. That’s the total amount that was owed but denied the nearly half-million children who rely on the state each year to provide them a quality education. While …

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MAEP Funding for 2021-2022, Teacher Salaries

Despite a slight increase, the MAEP is underfunded this year by $272-million, bringing total underfunding since FY2008 to $3-billion, an ominous benchmark for our public schools. See your school district’s MAEP allocation and underfunding amount here. Legislators have pledged to do better. Notably, they are in the process of putting together study committees to craft a plan to …

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Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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