MDE Wants Your Input on How to Spend CARES Act Money

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is asking the public to provide input on how K-12’s share of CARES Act funding should be spent. The Department has provided a quick online survey through which you can indicate your priorities.

CARES Act education funds are intended to help schools recover some of the costs they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist them in their restart efforts. The deadline to submit your feedback is June 1. Use this survey to provide your input.

If you haven’t already done so, please reach out to our congressional delegation and ask that they insist that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos comply with current federal law and revise her guidance to school districts regarding CARES Act funding. Sec. DeVos, who has long pushed a privatization agenda, has instructed public school districts to shift a vastly disproportionate share of CARES Act funds to private school students. Read more and find contact information here.  Money meant for the most disadvantaged children in public schools would be diverted to serve the wealthiest private school students. This is unacceptable!

Today (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. you can experience the Mississippi Collective’s Virtual Happy Hour, the hottest ticket going on Thursday evenings of late. Millennial legislators have been thrilling happy hour attendees with their insightful, funny, and VERY candid assessments of life in the Mississippi Legislature. Rep. Noah Sanford is on tap today – perhaps we’ll get an inside look at state budget expectations and what the Legislature has in store when it returns next week. You can participate with or without video; ask questions or just observe. Get your link to join here.   

We’ve got lots of balls in the air these days, but we’ll keep juggling and keep you in the know. We’re so thankful that you are on the public education team for Mississippi’s children, because together, we’ve got this!