MAE Member Lobby Talking Points
Article 8 Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution states that “[t]he Legislature shall, by general law,
provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of free public schools upon such conditions and
limitations as the Legislature may prescribe.” The Mississippi Legislature is charged with providing a
free public education for the students across this state. It is important that the Legislature “Build a
brighter future for Mississippi and invest in our students.”
1. We ask the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program
(MAEP) and the Education Enhancement Funds according to the law.
- The MAEP formula is underfunded by more than $243 million in 2010-11. This underfunding
is the major cause of furloughs and cuts in local salary supplements.
- Mississippi must ensure that all students have the necessary books, materials, and resources
to be successful and competitive with their peers nationally and globally.
- Mississippi must ensure every student has a highly effective educator by investing in the
recruitment and retention of high quality educators.
- Mississippi must ensure every student has a rigorous and fulfilling learning experience by
investing in high quality professional development for educators.
- Mississippi must invest in maintaining high quality learning environments for students which
include excellent working conditions; supportive district and building level administration;
and supportive parental and community mechanisms.
2. We ask legislators to fully allocate the Classroom Supply and Equipment monies. (EEF monies)
- If the full allocation was appropriated each classroom would receive approximately $800-
$1,000 per teacher. Currently teachers are only receiving $200 or less.
3. We ask legislators to repeal the law that prohibits pay roll dues deductions for certified school
-Mississippi is one of only two states that prohibit payroll dues deduction for certified
-This would not be mandatory. Each school board would decide if the deduction would be
available to its teachers.