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Check-BoxBy 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.

To combat the punitive reforms proposed, the answers may be hidden in plain sight within MAEP. (more…)

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  Stakeholders: The 2018 MS Legislative Session has begun and we are confronted with the remnants of last year’s session. Specifically, we are moving into 2018 with the uneasy feeling…

Continue Reading Southern Echo Releases New Analysis for 2018 Legislative Session
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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…

Continue Reading Second Meeting with EdBuild on Revamp of MAEP Scheduled!
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November 6, 2014, Jackson, MS – Today, Southern Echo released a new MAP which illustrates: A. the cumulative millions of dollars each district has lost due to systematic underfunding of…

Continue Reading Southern Echo Releases a New Map Showing MAEP underfunding FY 2015, 6-year underfunding FY 2010-2015; 2014-15 District Grades WITHOUT WAIVER
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Continue Reading Reading Literacy: A Fundamental Right Too Long Denied in Mississippi