Senate Bill 2422: Teacher Procurement Cards

Committee Education Author Dennis DeBar, Jr. Session 2022 ExplanationSB 2422 would require local school districts to issue procurement cards to public school teachers no later than September 1 of each year. Teachers are currently supposed to receive procurement cards—which allow them to purchase school supplies using a predetermined amount of state funds—at the start of…

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Senate Bill 2422: Teacher Procurement Cards

The Senate and House Plans to Raise Teacher Pay

To say this has been a big week for teacher pay would be an understatement. On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Senate Education Chair Dennis DeBar announced a proposal to restructure the state’s teacher salary schedule in a way that would, according to Hosemann and DeBar, provide an average raise of $4,700 over two…

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The Senate and House Plans to Raise Teacher Pay

Principles for Assessing Curriculum-Related Legislation

Today, we released a statement on American history from our Executive Director, Rachel Canter. In partnership with that statement, Mississippi First has developed the following principles for assessing curriculum-related legislation. These principles are based on our organizational values. Racism is abhorrent in all forms at all times. Slavery was a grave moral sin. So was…

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Principles for Assessing Curriculum-Related Legislation

Statement on American History in Public Schools

By Rachel Canter When I was a first year teacher, I asked my students a basic question about American history—“Why do we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday every year?”—as a way of introducing Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Without exception, the answer I got from every class was that Dr. Martin…

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Statement on American History in Public Schools

$16M for Mississippi Four-Year-Olds!

This news deserves its own post. The Mississippi State Legislature doubled its investment in state-funded pre-K to $16M. This is an historic step that ensures educational excellence for Mississippi kids.  Pre-K has been a founding policy area for us. When we helped pass the original law in 2013, we hoped that within 10 years 25%…

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$16M for Mississippi Four-Year-Olds!

What HB 852 means for current and prospective educators in Mississippi

With the passage of HB 852, Mississippi public school teachers are poised to receive a much-anticipated raise for the 2021-2022 school year. If signed by the Governor, HB 852 will adjust the minimum salary schedule for certified teachers to provide a raise of $1,110 for those in their first three years of teaching (bringing the…

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What HB 852 means for current and prospective educators in Mississippi

The “Raise the Rate” Impact

Last year, the legislature proved its commitment to early education by ensuring per-pupil pre-K funding was enough to promote quality. The legislature raised the pre-K rate from $4,300 to $5,000 per child, a difference of $700 total and $350 in state funds. Because the pandemic interrupted the session, the legislature made this change directly in…

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The “Raise the Rate” Impact