February 8, 2018

MAE SALUTES LEGISLATIVE DECISION TO KILL VOUCHER BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/08/2018

CONTACT: TYRONE HENDRIX, MAE Executive Director, 601-354-4463

MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS SALUTES LEGISLATIVE DECISION TO KILL VOUCHER BILL

Mississippi Association of Educators President Joyce Helmick issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate decision on Senate Bill 2623:

“We are elated that Senate Bill 2623 died on the Senate calendar today, the deadline for action on general bills originating in the Senate. We know that this action is the result of thousands of individual educators, parents, business leaders and other education advocates letting their legislators know their concerns about taxpayer-funded vouchers that will drain much-needed monies from our already strapped public school systems.

“Senate Bill 2623 proposed a flawed system that would have taken as much as $270 million from Mississippi’s public schools over five years. We are most pleased that it did not survive.

“Like the Lt. Governor, we also believe that all Mississippi students should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education, no matter their zip codes. However, the Mississippi Association of Educators believes that goal can be achieved best by fully funding our public schools – the best investment of taxpayer monies to ensure a vibrant future for our state.

“We will continue to oppose any and all measures that will undermine the stability of Mississippi’s public schools.”

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