The Senate version of HB 957 indicates that the intent of the Legislature is to withhold nearly $100-million in Career and Technical Education (CTE) funding that has historically been appropriated outside of the MAEP formula. This loss will be in addition to the dramatic loss of $292-million, also caused by HB 957, which we reported earlier.
Though the Senate version of HB 957 has not been released to the public, we obtained a copy. The full language of the strike-all amendment is here. You can see a summary of the Senate strike-all amendment here.
Ask your senator AND senators on the Education Committee to vote NO on HB 957!
Find contact information for Senate Education Committee members.
Get contact information for all senators in your school district.
Capitol Switchboard: 601.359.3770
Share the same message with Lt. Governor Reeves. Capitol: 601.359.3200
The bottom line is that the funding for school districts provided in HB 957 is even LESS than that provided in an UNDERfunded MAEP. Schools would be better off if the Legislature kept underfunding schools at the rate they have since 2012 than they would be under this new plan (view Daily Journal article).
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. Please call and text your senators, and message them on social media. Ask them to vote NO on HB 957. Ask your friends and family to as well, and be sure to share our Facebook posts. You can find on our Facebook and Twitter pages memes showing what the children in each district stand to lose with HB 957. Please share and retweet them!