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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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Critical Legislative Meetings Coming Soon

In the coming weeks, the Legislature will hold hearings to decide how to bring teacher pay to the Southeastern average and, importantly, how to pay for it and other critical needs. Those deliberations could prove to be pivotal. Mississippians, especially young, college-educated Mississippians, have been leaving our state in droves over the last decade, due largely …

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Legislature Finalizes School Funding, Other Education Bills

Thank you for making all those calls to legislators today about the private school voucher provision that was sneaked into the 1,000-page bond bill just before midnight. It worked! A big THANK-YOU to our legislators for insisting that the language creating a new voucher program be removed. This evening, the House and Senate adopted the conference …

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Update on Budget and Other Education Bills

The state budget wasn’t yet finalized when tonight’s 8:00 p.m. deadline for filing appropriations conference reports rolled around, so conferees for the pre-k-12 budget bill filed a “dummy” report, with $0 appropriated, to meet the deadline and keep the bill alive while they hammer out final details. A few of the bills we’ve been tracking have …

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See Which Education Bills Survived Deadline, Status of Teacher Pay Raise

The fate of the teacher pay raise rests with the Mississippi House. Word is that passage of the teacher pay raise is being caught up in negotiations over the unvetted tax swap being pushed by the House leadership. Our teachers have gone to the mat for us, working overtime under extremely difficult conditions to keep …

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Teacher Pay Raise Passes Full Senate in 2nd Round

The teacher pay raise bill has once again passed the full Senate on a unanimous vote. The Senate amended HB 852 to replace the House language with the Senate pay raise language.  The amended bill provides: $37,000 starting salary for teachers with two years of experience and less ($1,110 raise) $1,000 pay raise for certified teachers with …

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