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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…

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Southern Echo is releasing the first in a series of maps that makes visually accessible the complex 2011 data approved by the State Board of Education on Friday, September 16,…

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On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Southern Echo and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable hosted approximately fifty participants for a workshop on alternative schools, youth court and detention centers, and the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

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Southern Echo, Inc. and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable will hold a convening at MS Valley State University of approximately 500 parents, students, educators and public officials from more than 40 school districts to analyze and assess the research-based data that demonstrates the proposed public school consolidation strategies of MS Governor Haley Barbour are not an appropriate approach to or solution for the problems facing Mississippi school districts.

Continue Reading Southern Echo and Catalyst Roundtable to hold convening on school consolidation at MS Valley State University October 14, 2010