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Ann Huber phy2chem at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 6 08:04:04 CST 2020



Ann B. Huber
662 341 0858 cell

The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.Zephaniah 3:17 

   ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Kelly Riley <kelly at mpe.org>To: "phy2chem at yahoo.com" <phy2chem at yahoo.com>Sent: Friday, March 6, 2020, 07:03:29 AM CSTSubject: MPE News
   
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Dear Ann,

 

Legislative Update (2/21/20)

Tuesday, March 3, was the deadline for committees to report general bills originating in their own chamber.  General bills not passed by committees by Tuesday’s deadline died on the calendar.  Click here to review our first bill tracking spreadsheet which includes those education bills which survived Tuesday’s deadline and are under consideration by the full House or full Senate.  Here is a quick update on several critical issues we are monitoring:
   
   - Teacher pay raise – SB 2001 passed the Senate in early February.  It has been transferred to the House and referred to the Education and Appropriations committees.
   - Teacher shortage/Revise requirements for entry into teacher prep programs – The Senate and House have both passed their respective bills (SB 2511 and HB 994), so the bills will now be considered by the other chamber.  
   - Vouchers – SB 2594 is awaiting consideration by the full Senate. 
   - Limiting local school boards’ budgeting authority – When HB 989 was passed by House Education this past Tuesday, Rep. Charles Busby, the author of the bill, told committee members that he is going to amend the bill on the House floor to remove the language which limits local school boards from raising ad valorem taxes. HB 989 is awaiting consideration by the full House.
   - Religious exemptions for vaccines - During its meeting Tuesday morning, the Senate Education Committee laid SB 2562 on the table subject to call and the bill then died on the calendar.  SB 2562 would have allowed religious exemptions for school immunization requirements. 
   - Include WorkKeys in the accountability model - HB 1556 was transmitted to the Senate last week, but it has not been referred to a committee in that chamber.  

Each chamber must pass its own general bills by next Thursday, March 12, or the bills will die on the calendar. 

 

MDE Provides Guidance to Districts About COVID-19/Coronavirus

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) provided guidance to school districts earlier this week regarding prevention measures and preparation in the event of a local outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.  MDE created the guidance with input from the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH), the state epidemiologist, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The guidance includes information on personal protection and hygiene, preventing stigma against populations associated with COVID-19, consulting with health departments to determine the need for school closure, and CDC guidance for schools and businesses to plan and respond to COVID-19.  The MDE guidance is posted at www.mdek12.org/COVID19 and will be updated as new information becomes available. 

 

Districts Hosting Recruitment Fairs
   
   - The Biloxi Public School District will host its teacher recruitment fair on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Biloxi High School (1845 Tribe Drive, Biloxi).  The district is looking for certified teachers and teacher candidates with pending certification.  Call 228-374-1810 or email David.nichols at biloxischools.net for more information.  
   - The Wilkinson County School District will host its job fair on Friday, March 13, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Wilkinson County High School Library Media Center (522 Pickneyville Pond Road, Woodville).  The district is recruiting teachers in all grades and subjects, as well as support staff (paraprofessionals, maintenance, child nutrition, transportation and substitute teachers).  For additional information, visit www.wilkinson.k12.ms.us or call 601-888-3582.  

 

Exercise Your Right to Vote Next Tuesday

I hope you will exercise your right to vote in next Tuesday’s (March 10) federal primary elections.  Mississippians will vote for party nominees for President, four Congressional seats, and one U.S. Senate seat.  Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. that day.  If you will be out of town and need to vote absentee, you may do so at your Circuit Clerk’s office tomorrow, March 7, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.   

 

MPE Office Closed for Spring Break

The MPE office will close this afternoon for Spring Break and will reopen Monday, March 16.  I will be out of town, so please contact MPE Deputy Director Barbie Ferguson at 601-397-2319 if you should have a legal emergency during this time.  Our next weekly email will go out Monday, March 16.  For those of you on Spring Break next week, enjoy your week.  Please be safe if you are traveling.

 
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Online Registration NOW OPEN for MPE's 4/4/20 Symposium

Registration for MPE’s 2020 Best Practices Symposium featuring Dr. Todd Whitaker, author of What Great Teachers Do Differently, is now open for MPE members.  Symposium will be held Saturday, April 4, at the Jackson Hilton.  MPE members will have to log in before they are able to register.  When registering, please be sure to select which concurrent session you would like to attend in both our morning and afternoon sessions.  Concurrent sessions include:
   
   - Tips for Novice Teachers (morning only)
   - The Mississippi Professional Growth System 
   - Teacher Leadership: A Degree Program for Teachers Who Desire Greater Impact
   - Making It Count: Exploring EL Progress to Proficiency
   - Utilizing MDE’s Access for All Guide to Impact all Learners (afternoon only)

 

The $25 registration includes meals and conference materials.  CEUs are available for an additional $15. If space allows, MPE will open registration to non-members on March 1 with a $50 registration fee.
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Kelly Riley
Executive Director
Mississippi Professional Educators
222 N. President Street, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39201
800-523-0269
kelly at mpe.org

https://www.mpe.org/general/opt.asp?e=phy2chem@yahoo.com
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