Privatization

Dangerous voucher bill passes Senate; need calls to reps!

Senate Bill 2675, the ESA voucher bill, passed the Senate today on a vote of 37 to 13. The bill will now go to the House. Please ask your representative to VOTE NO on 2675.  Find contact information for all of the House members who represent your districts. Share the same message with Speaker Philip Gunn  Capitol: …

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Corruption, Vouchers Mark Grim End of Session

The House and Senate adjourned the 2019 Legislative Session today, but not before the leadership of both chambers cheated their way to an increased appropriation for private school vouchers and proudly acknowledged doing so. Late yesterday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Reeves sneaked $2-million in additional voucher funds into an unrelated agency conference report (SB 3049), presenting it for a …

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UNBELIEVABLE! Unethical, Last-minute Voucher Debacle

We had been told that Lt. Governor Reeves was intent on getting an increase in voucher funding approved, despite strong objections in both chambers. Late this afternoon, it was discovered that Senate conferees had sneaked $2-million in additional voucher funds into a unrelated agency conference report in SB 3049. The voucher language was not included …

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Teacher Pay Raise and Voucher Bills Need Your Attention

Mississippi has a teacher shortage crisis. Educators are leaving the profession in droves, and too few young people are choosing teaching as a career. It is time for our legislators to make a real investment in our teachers. It is time for a meaningful pay raise for teachers and teacher assistants. Be aware that legislators are …

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RED ALERT: Voucher Extension Passes Senate Committee; Call Senators

Our children need your help! An amended version of SB 2675 passed the Senate Education Committee today and will now go to the full Senate for a floor vote. This bill originally called for a sweeping expansion of vouchers, but instead, what passed committee today is a provision to keep the current ESA voucher program running into …

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RED ALERT: Call Representatives, Another Voucher Threat

New voucher threat in the House chamber this morning! Please call your representative right away. House Bill 1072 includes many of the same provisions as the terrible Senate voucher bill we told you about yesterday. One of the worst? It gives unaccountable private schools MORE money – not less – than public schools receive in MAEP per-student …

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Time to Call Legislators: Voucher Threat

Grab your cape! It’s time for our children’s heroes to take action. A number of privatization bills have been filed in each chamber, and among the worst is voucher expansion legislation, Senate Bill 2675, introduced by Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison. Here’s what SB 2675 would do: • open vouchers to ALL students, adding an estimated 4,700 new …

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