Promoters of school funding host meeting in Bay St. Louis on MAEP petition
By Jennifer Lenain | Sun Herald | April 9, 2014
|JENNIFER LENAIN/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD State Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, speaks at a Mississippi Association of Educators' special briefing on funding for public education in Bay St. Louis on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.|
BAY ST. LOUIS -- The Mississippi Association of Educators hosted the second of several meetings Wednesday evening urging full funding of the state's public schools. At the meeting at Community Hall, state and local officials stressed the economic effects of chronic underfunding of public schools.State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said a petition will begin circulating in May to have a constitutional amendment on the 2015 ballot that would beef up the Legislature's adherence to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula.
Basic public school funding in the state has been "underfunded" by $1.3 billion between fiscal years 2009 and 2014. "It's not a budget cut," state Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said, "it's a conscious decision that the state has mandated to underfund." From an economic standpoint, Baria said: "When employers are looking to locate here, they look at the system of education." Click to continue reading . . .
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Teacher Pay Raise Passes Legislature
MAE President: "A Step in the Right Direction"
MAE Press Statement:
"MAE members are thrilled that our efforts to improve teacher pay have been successful and applaud the Legislature for listening to educators. This is the first step in the right direction to bring our educators' pay in line with that of our neighboring states and to reduce the teacher shortage," stated Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators.
"Our neighboring states pay their teachers $5,000 - 10,000 a year more than Mississippi pays. MAE looks forward to continuing our work with parents, educators, community leaders and elected officials to create positive student outcomes."
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