Funding

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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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: https://tpcref.org/mississippi-growth-and-prosperity/ (graph sources cited here: https://bit.ly/3hUgwBn)

Auditor’s Report Misrepresents Facts on Ed Funding

Statewide elected officials have distributed yet another hit piece on public education. Today’s missive from the State Auditor misrepresents facts in an apparent attempt to shift the blame for failure to pass a meaningful teacher pay raise. We’re not fooled. See the actual data from The Parents’ Campaign Research & Education Fund:

House, Senate Send SB 3049 with $2M Voucher Funding to Governor

The House started the morning with two procedural votes on the SB 3049 conference report; both failed (good outcome), but the second vote ended in a tie (still means it failed). See that vote below left. (Those voting yea are voting to endorse vouchers and the corruption that put voucher funding in the DFA appropriation; …

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Update: $1,500 Teacher Pay Raise Passed by Senate and House, Effort to Increase Pay Raise to $4,000 Defeated in Both Chambers

This morning, both chambers passed the SB 2770 conference report providing for a $1,500 raise for certified and assistant teachers. The vote action we are reporting is the Motion to Recommit in each chamber; this motion was to send the conference report back to committee for the purpose of increasing the raise from $1,500 to …

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RED ALERT: Pay Raise Vote Coming Soon

The next few days are critical! Conference reports (final bills) for the teacher pay raise, next year’s funding for your public schools, and voucher funding will likely be drafted over the weekend, and floor votes in the House and Senate will probably take place on Monday or Tuesday. Tell your legislators that when they stand strong for …

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