Exert from The Parents Campaign email from Nancy Loome (sent 3/25/14)
“This morning, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee revised the revenue estimate to increase the amount of money they have to appropriate. They increased the estimates for both the current and the next fiscal years (the next fiscal year’s budget is the one being debated in this session) yielding a total of about $250-million in additional revenue that is available to appropriate. As I have said repeatedly, sufficient funding is available to provide a strong teacher pay raise and a significant increase in MAEP funding.
The really good news is that, in a recorded interview (click on “Reeves: MS has more money”) this morning, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said that his priority is increasing the allocation to public education. Please join me in thanking the lieutenant governor for his commitment to our children’s education. The House and Senate must agree on the conference report, so we need to continue to urge support for a significant increase in MAEP funding. Click here to see a compelling case for adequate school funding made by retired teacher Barbie Ferguson of Clinton.
Teacher Pay Raise
We have heard conflicting reports about the status of the teacher pay raise. Legislators in both chambers have said they believe the bill will die in conference, but the leaders of both chambers have indicated that they are continuing to work on a pay raise package. They need to know that you support the strongest possible pay raise for teachers! Let’s get those calls going!”