Privatization

Accountability Ratings are Out, Public Schools Continue to Shine

Mississippi’s public school teachers are ROCK STARS! School and district accountability ratings are out, and the news is good! Of Mississippi’s 138 traditional public school districts, 96% are rated C or better, and 71% are rated A or B. Of Mississippi’s seven charter schools that received ratings, 14% are rated C; no charter school is

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Mississippi’s AG on Wrong Side, State’s Obligation is to Public Schools

The Mississippi Constitution is clear: our obligation as a state is to PUBLIC schools open to all, not private schools open only to a few. Mississippi’s Attorney General is on the wrong side. We stand with Parents for Public Schools in proclaiming that public funds are for public schools. Read story from Mississippi Today: AG’s office

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Private School Funding Still in HB 1671

The House passed HB 1671 without eliminating the tax credits that benefit private schools, though the increase in private school funding that had been added to the bill was removed. HB 1671 includes the Children’s Promise Act – the law that was supposed to encourage donations to organizations that serve children in foster care but, instead, diverted

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Mississippi Constitution: No Public Funds for Private Schools

The Mississippi Constitution is clear: taxpayer dollars may not be appropriated for private schools. The authors of the State Constitution understood that strong public schools are unique in their contribution to the wellbeing of our communities and our state – and that the greatest threat to this vital common good is the siphoning of public funds

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Lawsuit Challenges Public Funds Going to Private Schools

Yesterday, Judge Crystal Wise Martin heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the Mississippi Legislature’s appropriation of $10-million to private schools through an infrastructure grant program. A ruling in the lawsuit, brought by Parents for Public Schools, can be expected “sooner rather than later,” according to Judge Martin.  The Mississippi Constitution prohibits any appropriation of public funds

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Two Important Things

We’ve got two very important pieces of information to share on which you might want to take action. School board seats in 80 school districts will be on the ballot this fall. School boards play an extremely important role in determining the quality of education provided our children, so please pay close attention to these elections.

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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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