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2017 Legislative Toolkit

  1. 2017 House of Representatives Roster
  2. 2017 Senate Roster
  3. 2017 House Committee Members
  4. 2017 Senate Committee Members
  5. 2017 Mississippi Legislature Timelines and Deadlines
  6. Summary of 2016 Major Bills Passed and Vetoed
  7. 10-27-16 EdBuild presentation to MS Legislature
  8. Gunn-Reeves Tax Policy Panel Goals for 2017 Legislature
  9. Members of House/Senate Working Groups

Public Education

2016 Education Landscape Analysis

  1. 2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part One
  2. 2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Two
  3. 2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Three
  4. 2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Four
  5. 2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Five
  6. 2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Seven
  7. 2016 Mississippi Legislative Session Overview – A Brief Overview

Explaining Disparity in Student Performance

  1. Explaining Disparity in Student Performance: Race, Class, Critical Teacher Shortage, Student Performance and School District Ranking in Mississippi School Districts

How to Implement P-16 Community Engagement Councils Manual

  1. How to Implement P-16 Community Engagement Councils in School Districts Ranked Less Than Successful

Reading Literacy

  1. Reading Literacy: A Fundamental Right Too Long Denied in Mississippi, a Southern Echo Brown Paper
  2. Summary of 2013 Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act

Educational Accountability

  1. 2013-2014 MS Dept. of Education District Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables, and Charts
  2. 2013 MS Dept. of Education District Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables, and Charts
  3. 2012 MS Dept. of Education District Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables, and Charts
  4. 2011 MS Dept. of Education District Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables, and Charts
  5. 2010 MS Dept. of Education District Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables, and Charts
  6. 2009 MS Dept. of Education District Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables, and Charts

Fiscal and Budget Issues

  1. MS School Dist. Property Assessments, Millage Rates, and Mill Values
  2. Visualizing the Mississippi State Budget, 2005

Charter Schools

  1. Charter School Studies, Articles, and Commentary
  2. 2013 – Charter Schools; Impact on Traditional Public Schools
  3. 2013 – MS Charter School Authorizer Board

School Discipline

  1. Student Discipline and Model Codes
  2. Positive Behavior Intervention Programs

Substantive Education Policy Issues

  1. Jackson Public School District
  2. School Consolidation
  3. MS Legislative Task Force on Underperforming Schools 2008-2010
  4. Public School Innovation Zones
  5. Southern Echo’s MS Educational Issues Maps
  6. Southern Echo’s MS Educational Issues Charts
  7. Southern Echo Educational Issues Posters

Education Data

  1. 2012 Maps and Spreadsheets on MS Teacher and Student Data

Education Analysis

  1. Brown Paper #2: Building Healthy Schools and Quality Education in MS
  2. Justice Funding Paper

2012 Mississippi Legislature

  1. Maps

Census & Voting

  1. Southern Echo’s Census Maps
  2. Southern Echo’s Census Maps
  3. Census and Redistricting: a 5-year Program of Work (2008-2013)
  4. Voting Rights Act Amicus Brief
  5. Transcript of 2-27-13 US Supreme Court Oral Argument in Shelby County, AL v. Holder

Redistricting

  1. Mississippi 2010-2011
  2. Redistricting Materials and Tools
  3. Department of Justice
  4. Historical Analysis

Southern Echo’s Newsletter ‘Struggles’

  1. Southern Echo’s Newsletter ‘Struggles’

Training Manuals

  1. Dismantling the Achievement Gap – 2007
  2. Pathways Out of Poverty – 2008

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Public Education:

2017 Legislative Toolkit:
House of Representatives Roster – Name, District #, Counties in District, contact information.  For photo images and additional background information of legislators see the Legislative website at http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/hr_membs.xml
Senate Roster, with Name, District #, Counties in District, contact information.  For photo images and additional background information of legislators see the Legislative website at http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/ss_membs.xml
House Committee Members as of 1-2-17.  Committee composition may change after the 2017 session begins.
Senate Committee Members as of 1-2-17.  Committee composition may change after the 2017 session begins.
2017 Mississippi Legislature Timelines and Deadlines governing the submission and adoption of legislation.
Summary of 2016 Major Bills Passed and Vetoed<, with overview data for the 2016 sessions, comparison of 2016 data with prior legislative sessions, and bills organized by subject matter.
10-27-16 EdBuild presentation to MS Legislature regarding proposed revamp of MAEP formula (Power Point).
Gunn-Reeves Tax Policy Panel Goals for 2017 Legislature
Members of House/Senate Working Groups that met during 2016 to prepare for 2017 Legislature.  The committees were organized by subject matter and each committee is overwhelmingly controlled by Republican legislators.
2016 Education Landscape Analysis:
2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part One
This section covers the following items:

  • Vouchers & Scholarships
  • Charter Schools, School Choice, Open Enrollment and Virtual Schools
  • Achievement School District, Recovery District and Conservatorship
2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Two
This section covers the following items:

  • Mississippi Adequate Education Program
  • School Funding
2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Three
This section covers the following items:

  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Literacy
2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Four
This section covers the following items:

  • School District Consolidation
  • Regional Super School Districts
  • School District Reorganization
2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Five
HB 989 – An Act to Create the Mississippi Achievement School District
2016 Education Landscape Analysis – Part Seven
HB 958 – An ACT to Prohibit Political Activity of Educators While Performing Official Duties or on School Grounds or Facilities
Reading Literacy:
Explaining Disparity in Student Performance: Race, Class, Critical Teacher Shortage, Student Performance and School District Ranking in Mississippi School Districts

The report documents that:

  • Educational Opportunity in Mississippi is skewed and distorted by race, class, critical teacher shortages and the failure of the state to adopt effective policies to remedy the impact of past discrimination based on race and class.
  • The driving forces underlying school district and student performance are low wealth in the community and student poverty.
  • Student under-performance is concentrated in school districts with the highest levels of student poverty and the highest concentration of critical teacher shortages.
  • The concentration of student under-performance, student poverty, community poverty, and critical teacher shortages is in majority black school districts.

The charts, graphs, and tables in this report also reveal the direct correlation among school district grade rankings by the Mississippi Department of Education, failing schools, critical teacher shortages, student poverty and majority black school districts.

How to Implement P-16 Community Engagement Councils in School Districts Ranked Less Than Successful
This manual answers some frequently asked questions that may be helpful when establishing a P-16 Community Engagement Council in a school district that is ranked less than successful.
Reading Literacy: A Fundamental Right Too Long Denied in Mississippi, a Southern Echo Brown Paper
Reading Literacy is one of the ultimate gatekeepers in our society. It is a policy legacy that began during the slavery period and was carried forward during the Jim Crow era. It is time to remove the gate to let everyone across. The core goal of the Mississippi 2013 Literacy-Based Promotion Act is to generate universal on-grade reading literacy for every student in Mississippi by the 3rd grade. Or so one would think by reading the Act. Reading Literacy: A Fundamental Right Too Long Denied in Mississippi contains both a brief historical analysis of where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go, and a detailed provision-by-provision analysis of the 2013 Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act..
Summary of 2013 Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act
This brief Summary provides essential facts about the provisions of the 2013 Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act.
Educational Accountability:
2013-2014 MS Dept. of Education Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables and Charts
These maps, tables and charts concern for each school district and school analysis of MDE Accountability Data that include LETTER GRADES, QDI SCORES, 4-YEAR GRADUATION RATES, 5-YEAR GRADUATION RATES, whether GROWTH MET or NOT MET, whether ANNUAL MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES MET OR NOT MET IN READING, MATH AND OTHER AREAS, and other additional information.
2013 MS Dept. of Education Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables and Charts
These maps, tables, and charts illustrate the data provided by the MS Dept. of Education concerning the Education Accountability Model. These maps show the Accountability Status assigned to each school district, the Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score assigned to each district, whether each district met Growth Goals, district Graduation Rates, correlation of Percent of Students At-Risk with Accountability Status, and correlation of Black Student Percentage by district with Accountability Status.
2012 MS Dept. of Education Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables and Charts
These maps, tables, and charts illustrate the data provided by the MS Dept. of Education concerning the Education Accountability Model. These maps show the Accountability Status assigned to each school district, the Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score assigned to each district, whether each district met Growth Goals, district Graduation Rates, correlation of Percent of Students At-Risk with Accountability Status, and correlation of Black Student Percentage by district with Accountability Status.
2011 MS Dept. of Education Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables and Charts
These maps, tables, and charts illustrate the data provided by the MS Dept. of Education concerning the Education Accountability Model. These maps show the Accountability Status assigned to each school district, the Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score assigned to each district, whether each district met Growth Goals, district Graduation Rates, correlation of Percent of Students At-Risk with Accountability Status, and correlation of Black Student Percentage by district with Accountability Status.
2010 MS Dept. of Education Accountability Assessment Maps, Tables and Charts
These maps, tables, and charts illustrate the data provided by the MS Dept. of Education concerning the Education Accountability Model. These maps show the Accountability Status assigned to each school district, the Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score assigned to each district, whether each district met Growth Goals, district Graduation Rates, correlation of Percent of Students At-Risk with Accountability Status, and correlation of Black Student Percentage by district with Accountability Status.
2009 MS Dept. of Education Accountability Model Maps
These maps illustrate the data provided by the MS Dept. of Education concerning the first year, 2009-2010, of the new Education Accountability Model. These maps show the Accountability Status assigned to each school district, the Quality Distribution Index (QDI) score assigned to each district, whether each district met Growth Goals, district Graduation Rates, correlation of Percent of Students At-Risk with Accountability Status, and correlation of Black Student Percentage by district with Accountability Status.
Fiscal and Budget Issues:
MS School Dist. Property Assessments, Millage Rates, & Mill Values
This section provides information, including maps, on the total assessed value of real property, the millage rates levied, and the value of a single mill for each local school district in Mississippi.
Visualizing the Mississippi State Budget, 2005
This analysis explores the true size of the Mississippi budget and its different components about which most people are unaware. The budget controls much of state policy, but only a few people in the state know how it works. The Mississippi Economic Policy Center has a more up-to-date analysis in its 2007 Taxpayer’s Guide to the Mississippi Budget.
Charter Schools:
Charter School Studies, Articles, and Commentary
Here are some studies and articles, covering a very large canvass of charter schools and charter school students nationally, that make a research-based evidence case that privately-owned privately-governed publicly-funded charter schools have not out performed traditional public schools, have not provided meaningful competition for traditional public schools, have not innovated as they are touted to do, and have enhanced rather than mitigated both racial and economic segregation.
2013 – Charter Schools; Impact on Traditional Public Schools
Here are some maps, studies, and articles covering the impact of charter schools traditional public schools. Charter schools have not out performed traditional public schools, have not provided meaningful competition for traditional public schools, have not innovated as they are touted to do, and have enhanced rather than mitigated both racial and economic segregation, often at the expense and detriment of traditional public schools.
MS Charter School Authorizer Board
Here are documents, public comments, and notes covering the implementation of MS’s Charter School law by MS Charter School Authorizer Board. Charter schools have not out performed traditional public schools, have not provided meaningful competition for traditional public schools, have not innovated as they are touted to do, and have enhanced rather than mitigated both racial and economic segregation, often at the expense and detriment of traditional public schools.
School Discipline:
School Discipline and Model Codes
This section provides information, including model handbooks, legislation, and studies, that make a research-based evidence case that schools should use prevention, intervention, restorative justice, peer mediation, counseling and other discipline approaches to deal with problems and encourage students to be more responsible school and community citizens instead of suspensions, expulsions, and law enforcement referrals to keep young people in school learning and prevent them from getting involved in the criminal justice system.
Positive Behavior Intervention Programs, a healthy schools strategy, prepared by the MS Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse 2 JailhouseWhen schools push children out of school, onto the streets and into the pipeline from schoolhouse to jailhouse administrators deny to children the education to which they are entitled and undermine their future productivity as citizens. In school positive behavior intervention programs teach students and educators strategies to resolve disputes and conflicts in nonviolent productive ways, rather than the traditional resort to authority and power focused on submission, punishment and exclusion.
Substantive Education Policy Issues:
Jackson Public School District
The maps included in this section concern the Jackson Public School District. Each of the 6 maps is based on a two prong data set: (1) one prong concerns the color coded 2010-2011 MDE letter grades for each Jackson school; and (2) another prong which uses a color coded map background to illustrate a different specific 2007-2011 American Community Service demographic statistic shown by the 2010 US Census Block Groups.
School Consolidation
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is pressuring the state to consolidate schools. In this section materials and studies on school consolidation will be posted that will provide analysis, data and understanding of the issues relating to school consolidation, including the impact of consolidation on student performance, student dropout and graduation rates, student quality of life, whether actual economies of scale can be achieved by consolidation, and whether the impact is different among rural versus urban communities.
MS Legislative Task Force on Underperforming Schools 2008-2010
In 2008 the MS Legislature created the MS Legislative Task Force on Underperforming Schools, mandated that it assess the problems and their causes in underperforming schools, inquire into issues surrounding alternative schools, school consolidation and charter schools, and make policy recommendations to the Legislature. In 2008 the Task Force, comprised of legislators, educators and business representatives, framed a package of recommendations that led to adoption of the Children First Act of 2009. The Legislature mandated that the Task Force continue its work through 2009. This section includes the recommendations of the Task Force, analysis and recommendations made by Southern Echo and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable to the Task Force and to legislators in 2008 and 2010, and the Children First Act of 2009 as adopted by the Legislature.
Public School Innovation Zones
The Obama administration has made it the centerpiece of its national education policy and funding strategies. “Innovation Zones” may provide a different approach to creative education strategies. In 2009 West Virginia chose a path dramatically different than the charter school legislation that has been proposed in Mississippi since 2004. West Virginia enacted an Innovation Zones law which authorizes school districts, public schools, groups of public schools, and part of a public school to experiment with creative innovation The WV innovation zone plan must be based on research-based evidence, approved and governed by licensed, qualified educators rather than private sector entrepreneurs, and is subject to intense oversight and accountability by educators and community. A WV Innovation Zone must comply with all state laws, regulations, benchmarks and standards unless it can be shown that an exemption is necessary to fulfill the objectives of the Innovation Zone.
Southern Echo’s MS Educational Issues Maps
Southern Echo creates educational issues maps to enable education stakeholders and public officials to visualize complex education, demographic and political data that impacts education issues. These maps enable people to visualize their own situation and compare it others. Many grassroots and statewide business and educator organizations have used our maps to inform their own constituencies.
Southern Echo’s MS Educational Issues Charts
These 12 charts reveal the distressing state of high school graduation rates and high school graduation rates for students who are “college ready” in the US, Mississippi and other states in the south and southwest regions.
Southern Echo Educational Issues Posters
Southern Echo creates posters to visualize major developments in the work or to synthesize complex historical analysis. Community, public officials, educators and statewide community and professional educator organizations have used our posters in their work and often post them on the walls of their work places.
Education Data:
2012 Maps and Spreadsheets on MS Teacher and Student Data
These maps and spreadsheets illustrate the current available data from the MS Dept of Education to illustrate for each school district the total number, percentage and race of teachers and students. It also includes data by school district on student poverty, QDI scores, District Accountability Ranking, and whether the district has a Critical Teacher Shortage.
Education Analysis:
Brown Paper #2: Building Healthy Schools and Quality Education in Mississippi
Prepared by the Mississippi Delta Catalyst RoundtableIn 2007 the Legislature created the Task Force on Children At-Risk to assess the public funding needed to address the educational needs of low-wealth children in under-resourced school districts. The Roundtable submitted Brown Paper #2 to the Task Force in a public hearing at which several community leaders in the Roundtable made a 35-minute slide show presentation of the key elements in the report. The report was originally submitted to the MS Dept. of Education regarding dropout prevention issues.
Justice Funding Paper
“Justice Funding” goes beyond “equity funding” that equalizes the funding among school districts, and beyond “adequate funding” that improves the delivery of education in all school districts. Justice funding requires that sufficient funding be provided to remedy the impact of past deprivations in the schools based on race and class.
2012 Mississippi Legislature:
MS 2012 Legislative Maps
Southern Echo creates these maps to enable community stakeholders at a variety of levels to visualize which elected officials sit on which committees in the MS Legislature.
Census & Voting:
Southern Echo’s Census Maps
Southern Echo creates these census maps to enable community stakeholders at a variety of levels to visualize the complex relationship between census counting, and funding for education, public works, and many other government projects that affect our lives.
Southern Echo’s Census & Redistricting Flyers
Southern Echo creates these census flyers to enable community stakeholders at a variety of levels to visualize the complex relationship between census counting, and funding for education, public works, and many other government projects that affect our lives.
Census and Redistricting: a 5-year Program of Work (2008 – 2013)
Southern Echo is building a 5-year training, technical and legal assistance program to be undertaken in 10 states in the south and southwest to fight for a full and accurate census count in 2010 and the creation of fair political districts at all levels of government from 2011 to 2013.
Voting Rights Act Amicus Brief
This Amicus Brief, joined by Southern Echo and filed in the United States Supreme Court in March 2009, contains the arguments being made by supporters of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act against attack in the Texas case.
Transcript of 2-27-13 US Supreme Court Oral Argument in Shelby County, AL v. Holder
This transcript of the Supreme Court oral argument in the 2013 Alabama case makes transparent the analytical chasm that exists between the conservative Justices who would kill Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the liberal Supreme Court Justices who support the right of Congress to protect the right to vote for people of color or people who speak different languages.
Redistricting:
Mississippi 2010-2011
Click here to find a variety of materials that specifically relate to the Mississippi 2011 redistricting, which will be posted as they are created.
Redistricting Materials and Tools
Click here to find general legal, political, and training materials regarding Redistricting.
Department of Justice
Click here to find legal analyses, regulations and other US Dept. of Justice materials related to the redistricting process.
Historical Analysis
Click here to find analyses, studies, and reports regarding the history of redistricting in Mississippi and other parts of the nation.
Southern Echo’s Newsletter ‘Struggles’:
Southern Echo’s Newsletter “Struggles””
Struggles, our newsletter provides highlights about many of the most interesting parts of our efforts to empower communities and impact the formation and implementation of public policy. Struggles is supposed to be published quarterly, but in some years we miss the target. We intend to do better.
Southern Echo Training Manuals:
Dismantling the Achievement Gap – 2007
Each year the Conference of Education Stakeholders to Dismantle the Student Achievement Gap focuses on core problems and remedies needed to create a quality public education accessible to all children in Mississippi. The Manual provides analysis, charts and maps to generate critical thinking about the achievement gap as the intended consequence of conscious policies.
Pathways Out of Poverty – 2008
This training manual focuses on the historical underpinnings of extensive poverty in the African American communities as the intended consequence of conscious policies and how community organizing strategies are being used in Mississippi to dismantle the structures that were created to maintain these invidious policies.

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