March 2, 2018

MISSISSIPPI STUDENTS, EDUCATORS PREVAIL IN SENATE

SENATOR HOB BRYAN OFFERS KILLING MOTION

JACKSON, MS – By a 27-21 Senate vote, Mississippi’s public school districts dodged a funding formula rewrite that stood to strip millions from every school system in the state. House Bill 957, a measure authored by House Speaker Philip Gunn, had made it through the process and lacked a crucial Senate floor vote to become law. The Senate voted to approve a motion to recommit the measure, essentially killing it for the session.

“We credit the hard work of thousands of Mississippi parents, community leaders, educators and students who made calls, sent emails, spoke personally with legislators, and posted their opposition to this bill on social media resulting in today’s showing,” said Joyce Helmick, Mississippi Association of Educators. “Our members worked tirelessly to inform and advise their legislators of the dangers of this bill. We are very pleased with this outcome.”

“A strong coalition of education advocates worked together during the session to help derail legislation that would hurt Mississippi’s public schools,” Helmick said. “Now, we’re concentrating on making sure our schools are fully funded under the existing MAEP.”

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

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