MS Legislature

Candidates Headed to Runoff, Legislative Leaders Talk About Public Education

It looks like we will have runoff elections in all four Mississippi House and Senate districts that held special elections last week to replace recently-retired legislators. The election results are still unofficial (they’ve not yet been certified), but all indications are that no candidate in any of the races garnered the 50%+ needed to win outright. The …

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Save the Dates: State Leaders Dish on Public Ed Hot Topics

Three state leaders who are among the most influential in the politics of public education will join us for REAL TALK about education’s hottest topics.  House Education Chair Richard Bennett, Senate Education Chair Dennis DeBar, and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann are on tap (virtually) to give us a rundown of the 2020 Legislative Session and …

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Voters to Elect New Legislators in 4 Districts Tuesday

Voters in four Mississippi House and Senate districts will go to the polls next Tuesday, Sept. 22, to replace their recently-retired legislators in special elections. We need your help to spread the word about where the candidates stand on public education! We sent special election candidates our Candidate Q&A questionnaire, asking their positions on issues like …

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MDE Revises EDLA Application Due to District Concerns

Last night, the Mississippi Department of Education issued a revised application for Equity in Distance Learning Act (EDLA) reimbursements in response to school districts’ concerns about some of the requirements. MDE will host a webinar today to answer districts’ questions ahead of the September 1 application deadline. See revised application: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OTSS/equity_in_distance_learning_act_application_8.27.2020.pdfSee revised technical assurances: https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OTSS/edla_program_technical_assurances_revised_08282020.pdf Additionally, the …

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Public Schools Finally Get Budgets – See Yours

When the Legislature overrode Gov. Reeves’ veto of public school funding, Mississippi public schools finally got their budgets. Overall, MAEP funding for this school year is $37-million less than it was last year, a 1.6% cut, and $250-million below what state law says is adequate to provide Mississippi children a quality education. Legislators worked hard …

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Governor Announces Very Limited School Delay

Grades 7-12 in 8 counties may not begin in-person schooling before August 17, according to Gov. Reeves’ latest executive order. The mandate applies only to these counties: Bolivar Coahoma Forrest George Hinds Panola Sunflower Washington Additionally, the governor announced a statewide mask mandate in public and in retail environments and mandatory mask wearing for all students …

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MS Public Health Chief: Delay School Start Date

“It’s impossible to imagine we are not going to pay the price for cramming kids into schools right now.”  – Dr. Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer Early last week, public health officials believed that it was possible to reopen school buildings safely. They’ve since changed their minds.  In a Q&A with the Mississippi State Medical Association, …

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