Educators School Mississippi Leaders
By Joyce Helmick, President of the Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE)
|Joyce Helmick, President
Mississippi Association of Educators
As a grandparent, an educator for 37 years in Mississippi classrooms, and the president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, I was deeply disappointed by the hurtful statements that some elected leaders stated in a recent Clarion Ledger article.
As educators, we are deeply committed to the success of every student. Students are at the center of everything we do. If we're serious about every child's future, let's get serious about doing what works. This means providing our public schools with necessary resources from books and computers to teachers and assistant teachers.
Educators have been clear on what our students need. Yet, Mississippi's leaders continue to fail our students. Good education inspires students' natural curiosity, imagination, and desire to learn. Allow me to school some of our leaders (again) on what we need to create great public schools for all of Mississippi's students. Click to continue reading.
Presently, the state salary for assistant teachers is $12,500 -- hardly enough to feed and clothe a family.
All around us, we see Mississippi's educators who are deeply committed to the success of every child in our state. Today, MAE stands with students, parents, communities, local business owners, and religious leaders across our state in calling for our elected officials to be as deeply committed to our assistant teachers.
Better salaries allow us to recruit and retain the best, brightest, and most committed educators to ensure positive student outcomes.
We ask our state senators and Lt. Governor to support increasing the annual salary of assistance teachers to $15,000.
Additonal Legislative Alerts
Click on the title to TAKE ACTION on these important legislative alerts.
- Vote DOWN Voucher Bills HB 394/SB 2695, Fully Fund MAEP Formula!
- Support HB 949 to Expand Educators' Usage of Personal Days
- Vote Against SB 2300; Keep Local Tax Dollars in the School District
- I Support Scholarships for Assistant Teacher (HB 659)
- Protect Educators' Right To Participate in American Democracy!