Contact Legislators About These Bills

Posted 3/1/16

The House and Senate are working quickly through their calendars as they move toward this Thursday's deadline to vote on bills that originated within their own chambers. Following are the bills currently on the calendar on which The Parents' Campaign has taken a position.

• HB 29 - VOTE NO - Transfers authority from the State Board of Education to the legislative PEER committee; all education reports go to PEER.
• HB 47 - VOTE NO - Requires use of a faulty accountability ratings process (see more); requires submission of individual students' test scores to the State Auditor to determine sufficient academic progress; more government bureaucracy as MDE accountability ratings process is duplicated in Auditor's office.
• HB 958 - VOTE NO - Prohibits public K-12, university, and college administrators and board members from using their official capacity to lobby the Legislature for policy change - something that is a right and an obligation in their roles as administrators and trustees. Any attempt by legislators to silence the people they were elected to represent is unconscionable.
• HB 990 - VOTE NO - Requires election of all school board members at the time of the presidential and gubernatorial elections; exempts districts rated A & B, but if rating falls, all board members become elected; could diminish the quality of school boards (see more).
• HB 1044 - VOTE NO - Allows any student statewide to cross district lines to attend charter schools; local and state funding follows the student. The Parents' Campaign opposes allowing students who are not in under-performing districts to cross district lines to attend a charter school.

• SB 2158 - VOTE YES - Provides for calculation of the MAEP formula using average daily membership (enrollment) rather than average daily attendance.
• SB 2161 - VOTE NO - Charter schools may locate in C districts without local board approval; statewide open enrollment in charters; local and state funding follows the student.

Ask your legislators to vote NO on bills that increase government bureaucracy, weaken public schools, and put our children's education at risk and YES on bills that strengthen public schools.

Click here to find contact information for the legislators who represent your school district.

Capitol Switchboard: 601.359.3770

Share the same message with Lt. Governor Reeves, Capitol: 601.359.3200, and Speaker Gunn, Capitol: 601.359.3300.

Bills of concern that have not yet been taken up in committee are...

• HB 1080 - VOTE NO - Vouchers for private school tuition funded with tax dollars owed to the state (tax credit scholarships).

• SB 2695 - VOTE NO - Vouchers for private school tuition funded with tax dollars owed to the state (tax credit scholarships).

Thanks so much for standing with our children in support of strong public schools!