By looking back to the original intent of MAEP, we find that in 2002-03 the proposed base funding amount was $3,804. That amount is not far from the contemplated wholesale reform amount of base costs of $4,800 under HB 957. Education reform in Mississippi is going backwards. Education funding has not progressed to meet the needs of all public-school students. Funding proposed in 2018 does not advance Mississippi to a competitive level of student achievement, but instead promotes inequity; attempting to move towards school choice instead of fixing the clear disparities caused by regressive funding over the span of 2002-2018.
Southern 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.
On 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!
In 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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