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. 




House OKs $2,500 raise for assistant teachers

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Support the Assistant Teacher Pay Raise -- HB 582


 love-button-266pxMAE supports increasing the pay of our assistant teachers to $15,000 annually. Our students benefit greatly from the hard work, expertise, and care that assistant teachers lovingly provide.

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. 



Click here to tell your state senators and Lt. Governor Reeves:
Raise the annual salary for assistant teachers to $15,000. 

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