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Reeves Vetoes MAEP, Protects Private School Vouchers

Late last night, Gov. Tate Reeves vetoed almost all funding for public education in the K-12 appropriation bill, leaving school districts with no budget – and no way to pay teachers – at the worst possible time: with the fast approaching start of a school year brimming with unprecedented challenges.  Among the sections the governor struck …

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Legislature Wraps Up Budget Bills, Goes Home for Now

The Legislature wrapped up its work on general and appropriations bills and has gone home for the time being. They will return as necessary to handle issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The state budget presented more than the typical challenges as lawmakers grappled with less revenue and greater needs – both a result of …

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Revised Appropriations Conference Report Passed

UPDATE: A revised conference report for pre-k through grade 12 appropriations for FY2021 passed both chambers this afternoon. Only one change was made – adding to MDE general education funding a $4.7-million reappropriation that had been left out of the original conference report. Facing a difficult budget year, lawmakers spared public schools to the extent possible. …

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K-12 Funding Conference Report Passed, Recommitted

The conference report for pre-k through grade 12 appropriations for FY2021 passed both chambers today but was recommitted later in the day for further work by the conference committee. While most state agencies saw budget cuts that averaged around 5%, lawmakers spared public schools to the extent possible. The conference report, as it passed earlier today, …

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Important Distance Learning Bills

Yesterday, the Senate took up and passed SB 3044, the Equity in Distance Learning Act, which creates a grant program to assist school districts in purchasing computer devices and covering other COVID-19-related expenses. The current Senate plan would allocate $150-million in CARES Act funding for this purpose. Another bill, SB 3046, the COVID-19 Connectivity Act, was assigned …

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Senate Committee Declines to Approve Collins Nomination

The Senate Education Committee this morning declined to consent to the appointment of former Senator Nancy Collins to the State Board of Education. A motion to table the nomination passed on a voice vote. Ms. Collins had been participating in meetings of the State Board since her appointment by Gov. Tate Reeves earlier this year …

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Latest News from the Capitol

Yesterday, the House voted to table the motion to reconsider on SB 2594, the ESA voucher bill, so it is on its way to the governor with no amendments that expand the program or weaken accountability – a victory for children and for taxpayers! And there is more good news…the Joint Legislative Budget Committee learned from state …

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Update on Education Bills

The House and Senate have made significant progress on education bills. This morning, the House passed the ESA Voucher bill, SB 2594, with no amendments that expand the program or weaken accountability. Thank you for your work on that! The bill has been held on a motion to reconsider, which means that it must be dealt …

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Need Calls on Voucher Bill

Today was the deadline for committees to act on bills that originated in the opposite chamber. The teacher pay raise (SB 2001) and community schools (HB 1139) fell victim to the economic downturn. The Early Learning Collaboratives bill (SB 2286) has had a reverse repealer added, ensuring that legislators will give it another look as …

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