Guide to PRO- and ANTI-Public Education Bills

Posted 1/4/17

Each year, hundreds of education bills are introduced, some good, some bad. The Parents' Campaign will make sure you know the difference. In turn, you can help your legislators understand the effect legislation will have on your schools and appropriately represent your community.

PRO-public education bills will (ask legislators to vote yes):

  • Provide teachers and students the resources they need to be successful when competing with their peers in Mississippi and across the U.S.
    • There are several objective standards by which to measure the Mississippi Legislature's school funding effort: by the Mississippi standard (what today's law defines as adequate), by the national standard (U.S. per student funding average), and by the neighboring states standard (average per student funding in our neighboring states). Click here for a graph showing that, by every measure, Mississippi falls woefully short. See how much your schools are shortchanged for a single year by each of these standards.
  • Keep public dollars in public schools - no vouchers or tax credit "scholarships" that divert public school funds to pay tuition at private academies
  • Maintain high standards for all public schools, traditional and charter. 
    • Keep Mississippi's College and Career Readiness Standards.
    • Maintain Mississippi's rigorous application and selection process for new charter schools.
  • Give parents reasonable, fair, and objective measures by which to determine how well students are achieving in all schools that receive state funding.
  • Provide every child a high quality early learning experience; increase funding for high quality pre-k programs.
  • Strengthen teacher education programs and teacher licensure to ensure 21st Century, classroom-ready first-year teachers.

ANTI-public education bills will (ask legislators to vote no):

  • Revise the school funding formula to DECREASE the amount that state law requires our legislators to provide public school students - a ruse designed to get legislators off the hook for denying Mississippi students a shot at a decent future. Our kids deserve resources similar to those other states provide their students.
  • Take away the right of local school boards to increase local school funding to pay for local programs in your community's schools.
  • Take tax dollars away from public schools and send them to private academies (vouchers and tax credit scholarships).
  • Change the way school board members are selected, setting the stage for out-of-state privatizers to take over your local school board.
  • Decrease the standards charter schools are required to meet in order to open a school.
  • Allow charter schools to locate in school districts rated A, B, and C, weakening thriving communities.
  • Increase testing and add administrative responsibilities and unfunded mandates at the local level.
  • Transfer authority to make decisions about our children's education from professional educators to politicians.
  • Retaliate against or attempt to silence citizens, including educators, who speak up against anti-public school bills.