MS Legislature

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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Keep Calling on HB 1489, News on Dangerous Vaccine Bills

Progress! HB 1489, the anti-teacher, anti-public school bill, was not on the agenda for this afternoon’s House Judiciary B Committee meeting, an indication that your legislators are responding to your concerns. However, the committee has until tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:00 p.m. to pass this bill, so we must keep the pressure on! HB 1489 would require …

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RED ALERT: Anti-teacher, Anti-public School Bill Endangers Vulnerable Children

HB 1489 is anti-teacher, anti-public school, and a threat to vulnerable children, and, unbelievably, it is likely to come up for debate in the Judiciary B committee this afternoon. The bill would require crushing amounts of paperwork for educators, subject public school teachers to lawsuits, and further endanger the thousands of vulnerable children who are safer …

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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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Coffers Overflowing as 2023 Session Begins – Good News for MAEP!

The Mississippi Legislature will convene the 2023 Legislative Session at noon today with an unprecedented amount of money to spend. That’s very good news for our public schools. The stars could be aligning for MAEP funding just as the 2023 session begins. Mississippi has a huge budget surplus in the BILLIONS of dollars. That’s billions, with a …

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Disappointing Ethics Comm Vote & Next Steps

This morning, a majority of the Mississippi Ethics Commission voted to adopt an order of dismissal stating that the Mississippi House of Representatives is not subject to the Open Meetings Act. Commissioner Stephen Burrow presented the order of dismissal stating that the Commission’s opinion is that the Legislature exempted itself from the Open Meetings law. …

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Ethics Commission Delays Final Vote on Whether MS House is Subject to Open Meetings Act

The Ethics Commission adjourned its meeting today without taking a final vote on a decision regarding whether the Mississippi House of Representatives is subject to the Open Meetings Act. They will meet again next Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10:00 a.m. We will share the link to attend virtually when it is available. Commission members Ben Stone, …

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