Important Update

3/29/16

The charter school bill that passed the House yesterday remains on the calendar on a motion to reconsider (vote again). Word is that there is a move to amend the bill to allow only students in districts rated D or F to cross district lines to attend charter schools, a move we encourage. Thanks to all those who have contacted your reps about this bill. Good news: a couple of House members changed their votes on that bill today (yes, that is allowed). See an updated vote report here.

Please keep calling!

Ask your representative to:
1. Reconsider the vote on SB 2161 and then
2. Vote NO on the bill or amend it to remove C district student transfers

Find contact information for all of the legislators who represent your school district.

Capitol Switchboard: 601.359.3770

Share the same message with Speaker Gunn. Capitol: 601.359.3300

Today, the House passed SB 2158, which changes the MAEP calculation to be based on enrollment rather than average daily attendance. We support this move and thank the representatives who voted for it. See that vote here.

The Senate has not yet taken up the House charter school bill (HB 1044), which was amended in committee to allow charter schools to locate in districts rated C, D, and F without local board approval and to allow all students to cross district lines to attend charters. The deadline for action on that bill is tomorrow.

Please ask your senator to vote NO on HB 1044.

Find contact information for all of the legislators who represent your school district.

Capitol Switchboard: 601.359.3770

Share the same message with Lt. Governor Reeves. Capitol: 601.359.3200

Your legislators need to hear from you on these important bills. In the current environment, it is absolutely critical that legislators know what your priorities are and that you are paying attention to their votes. If you have already called, call again - and get a friend to call, too. Our children deserve no less!