Teacher Pay Comments Due September 8

If you haven’t done so already, please email your comments about improving Mississippi teacher salaries to the Senate Education Committee by tomorrow’s 4:00 deadline. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard on this important issue. I have submitted my own written comments on behalf of The Parents’ Campaign.

Comments should be emailed to Kristi Ishee at kishee@senate.ms.gov by 4:OO p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8. Your remarks can be included in the body of your email; a formal letter is not necessary.

The committee will meet next week to hear from experts about teacher compensation in Mississippi and other states. Their goal is to pass legislation that will compensate Mississippi teachers more fairly and stem the teacher shortage that is plaguing our state. Your input will help them decide how that should be done.

School district leaders tell us they are finding it difficult to fill teacher vacancies, and teachers are leaving the field at an alarming rate as they struggle to make ends meet. Business leaders, the state economist, and countless others have joined us in calling for a better investment in public education. Meanwhile, it is confounding to hear state leaders tell us that our state is so flush with cash that they want to return a big chunk of it to taxpayers by eliminating the income tax. They clearly need to hear from you.

Teachers, parents – everyone – I know improving teacher salaries is a top priority for you. Here’s how you can help:

  • Send your written comments about teacher compensation to the email address above by the September 8 deadline
  • Encourage your friends and family to submit comments, as well
  • Make sure your legislators know that your priority is competitive teacher compensation, not a risky tax cut plan

The September 15 hearing will provide testimony about this issue from experts in the field, but legislators also want to know about the impact of their actions on their own constituents. That’s why it is so important for you to weigh in. Please take just a moment to let your legislators know that you support this effort to increase our state’s investment in our teachers. Together, we’ve got this!

Gratefully,

Nancy

Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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