Southern Echo and MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable Submission to MDE on ESSA Plan

ESSA_900x500Southern Echo & The Delta Catalyst Roundtable submitted our comments and concerns to the Mississippi Department of Education on their Every Student Succeeds Act  Draft Plan. We completed the MDE ESSA Online Public Comment Survey. We would like to thank all of the organizations and community people who helped to put all of our concerns and comments into a document to send to MDE. Below you can find our submission to MDE including links to supporting data and research.

RE: MISSISSIPPI SUCCEEDS STATE PLAN PUBLIC COMMENT AND INPUT

Dear Dr. Nathan Oakley:

Southern Echo, Inc. and the Mississippi Delta Catalyst Roundtable are both privileged and excited to submit comments and recommendations on behalf of many communities throughout Mississippi during the public comment period on the Mississippi Consolidated State Plan. As we have developed our public comments to help strengthen the Mississippi Consolidated State Plan for ESSA Implementation, we wanted to highlight several very important concepts.

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EdBuild First Impressions

school-funding 2On Monday, January 16, 2017, the CEO of EdBuild presented to the Mississippi Legislature its recommendations on how best to dismantle the current funding mechanisms for public education in the state. EdBuild’s full report on the current funding mechanisms and recommendations can be found here.

Here you can find Southern Echo’s first impression and analysis of EdBuild’s recommendations.

Southern Echo believes the Mississippi Legislature, School Districts and Community should say NO to EdBuild’s proposal because it will destroy our public education in Mississippi by removing the required funding. Please contact your local State Representatives and Senators to side with community in saying NO to these recommendations!

Mississippi Legislative Toolkit

The 2017 Mississippi Legislature opened for business on Noon Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The 2017 regular session is scheduled to end April 2, 2017. Southern Echo is pleased to announce the availability of the a 2017 Mississippi Legislative Toolkit to assist in following and understanding the legislative activities.

The 2017 Mississippi Legislative Tool-Kit consist of the following:

Southern Echo hopes the Legislative Toolkit will be useful in analyzing and understanding the 2017 Mississippi Legislative activities.

Second Meeting with EdBuild on Revamp of MAEP Scheduled!

IMG_0510In an effort to continue the open dialogue with the public regarding the Legislature’s examination of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula, Speaker Phillip Gunn and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves announced on Tuesday, November 14th, the second public meeting with EdBuild, the nonprofit hired to look at and recommend suggestions for revamping the formula.

The meeting will be held Thursday, November 17th, at 4 p.m. in Room 113 of the Mississippi State Capital. The meeting will last one hour. Education Committee leadership will facilitate the meeting.

The public is invited to attend this meeting and offer suggestions as to what they would like to see in a restructured formula. Attendees may make three minute comments at the meeting. To do so, you MUST bring a written comment or email schoolfinance@ls.ms.gov with Public Meeting in the subject line. The written comments will be accepted to share with EdBuild as they assist with the review of MAEP. Speaking sign-up sheets will be available at the meeting.

Voter Registration Deadline: October 8, 2016!!!!!!!!

register_to_voteTo vote in the upcoming general election, November 8, 2016, the Voter Registration deadline is Saturday, October 8, 2016 (30 Days before Election Day). Please check with your local circuit clerk’s office to see if they will be open on this Saturday to do Voter Registration in person and to receive Voter Registration forms from potential voters. Voter Registration forms sent by mail must be post marked by Saturday, October 8, 2016. 

 

Remember, to register to vote in Mississippi, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Mississippi
  • At least 18 years old by election day.

The Voter Registration form can be downloaded here.