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Special Election in Harrison County July 19

On Tuesday, July 19, voters in Harrison County will elect a new representative for House District 119, replacing former Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, who resigned recently.  Please help us spread the word about where the candidates stand on important public education issues!  We sent our Candidate Q&A to special election candidates in House District 119, asking …

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Legislators Chose to Underfund Your Schools. See How Much.

At last August’s Senate tax cut hearings, the message from Mississippi’s business and industry leaders and the community at large was clear: DO NOT CUT TAXES; INVEST MORE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. Then, we asked you to call. And you did. Thousands of you called and urged your legislators to pay the debt they owe our children before …

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See Which Legislators Stood Strong for Public Schools

The 2022 Legislative Session had some real highs (hooray for a REAL teacher pay raise!) and some appalling lows.  The lowest lows came in the final days of the Legislative Session when we discovered a massive voucher program that had been hidden from public view – and from most legislators – since 2019. Apparently, a few …

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Legislature Finalizes School Funding, Adjourns Sine Die

The House and Senate have decided the final budget for the state and adjourned the 2022 Legislative Session. This session had some big wins and plenty of disappointments, but be assured that your voice made a big difference. The Good News: Funding for public schools pre-k through grade 12 increased for FY2023 by $326-million, or 7% overall, …

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State Budget Almost Finished

The House and Senate worked late into the evening on state budget bills, but some remain unresolved. The public school funding bill passed both chambers, and we are analyzing those numbers for you now.  We will have the details for you tomorrow, so stay tuned. Together, we’ve got this!

Legislature Misses Budget Deadline Again

We won’t have a public school budget bill this weekend. The Legislative leadership acknowledged today that they would not meet the extended deadline for adoption of appropriations and revenue bills. They have extended that deadline once again, this time to April 10, although they are expected to complete the budget bills early next week. Thank …

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Teacher Pay Raise and Vouchers-for-all

Gov. Reeves has signed HB 530, the teacher pay raise bill, which makes it official! The salaries of certified teachers will increase by an average of $5,140 and teacher assistants will get a $2,000 pay raise, effective July 1. This is well-deserved good news for our hard-working teachers and assistants! Unfortunately, that’s all the good news …

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Vouchers Hidden in Conference Report – Need Calls!

This morning, we have discovered vouchers hidden in a conference report for an unrelated bill. Worse, the changes in statute are NOT underlined, something that is required to alert legislators to changes in law that are being proposed. HB 1685, a pregnancy resources bill, includes a $2-million increase in an already large tax credit/voucher program, the true …

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Legislature Misses School Funding Deadline, Passes Tax Cuts

The Legislature missed tonight’s deadline for a final vote on appropriations bills, and they are expected to extend the session in order to get their work done. We are still waiting for a conference report on the PreK-12 school funding bill. Meanwhile, the Legislature has passed sweeping income tax cuts that will strip $524-million from the …

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