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Wilson Stribling, host of @Issue on Mississippi Public Broadcast host interviewed MAE President Joyce Helmick about the proposed changes in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program that funds the state's public schools. The interview aired on Friday, October 21, 2016. Click here or the image to watch the video on the MPB website!
MAE President Joyce Helmick on MPB's Morning Edition
Friday, October 21, 2016
Republican legislative leaders want to re-examine the state's education funding formula for public schools -- known as MAEP. They want to know if there's a way to get more money into classrooms, twenty years after the formula was created. An out-of-state firm has been hired to look into retooling the formula. Tonight's @Issue on MPB TV examines the topic in depth. In this clip, Joyce Helmick -- head of the Mississippi Association of Educators -- tells Wilson Stribling, MAEP is probably a good formula -- but it has only been fully funded twice since it was created.
The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) believes that our state leaders should concentrate on what already works in our high performing schools and provide the funding to duplicate those initiatives everywhere. Our state's current funding formula is already a student-based model, the purpose of which is to ensure equitable funding for all students regardless of their zip code.
Yet, rather than fund our public schools equitably — especially our poorest rural schools, our state leaders gave $150,000 of our taxpayer dollars to a New York-based company to determine how our school funds are spent. That company helps investors get taxpayer dollars to run for-profit schools. For our students, public schools, and communities, this approach may not be sensible.
As president of the state's oldest professional educator association, I have had the honor of traveling throughout the state and witnessing what is already working in our public schools.
• Prentiss: Access to reading material like chapter books increases students' literacy, and their comprehension improves drastically.
• Vicksburg: Starting in kindergarten, "The Leader in Me" program develops leadership skills in elementary students, which is improving their overall achievement. Click to continue reading!
State Must Fund Public Education Equitably
By Joyce Helmick, MAE President
Clarion-Ledger | October 12, 2016
Meridian Star | October 13, 2016
Sun Herald | October 15, 2016
As a proud grandmother of two and a 37-year veteran educator in our state's public schools, I believe in public education. Like my educator colleagues throughout Mississippi, I love teaching and adore students!
Mississippi educators became educators to ignite in our students the passion and love for learning. We cherish watching our students as they blossom before our eyes.
Mississippi educators believe that all public education students – regardless of their zip code or background – need the tools and resources necessary for their success. Mississippi educators also know that public schools are the heart of every community and the economic engine for a community's prosperity.
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Leflore County MAE member Cassandria Hansbrough
Talks About Solving Mississippi's Teacher Shortage
Listen to recently retired Leflore County MAE member Cassandria Hansbrough
as she talks about solving Mississippi's teacher shortage by partnering
Teacher Academy with the Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE)!
It's back-to-school time, and this year, 30 NEA members will be returning with a fresh perspective. As NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows, their teaching practice has been transformed by global learning.
Read about their global learning from Peru to Brazil to India and read the 194 global lesson plans that have been shared nearly 7,000 times!