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Archive for February 2020

Sign the petition to support second chances

A smiling worker holding a power tool

Mississippi has the third highest incarceration rate in the country.  Our prisons are dangerously understaffed.  People often leave prison no better than when they went in, struggle to find work, and end up re-arrested. By safely reducing our prison population, prioritizing solutions that reduce crime, and removing barriers to work, we can fix the broken…

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Senate Amends ESA Bill

Online and out of state options removed Today, the Senate Education Committee passed a substitute amendment to Senate Bill 2594 ahead of the March 3rd deadline for committee consideration. SB 2594 would renew the state’s Special Needs Education Scholarship Account program, set to expire on June 30, 2020. The substitute amendment made several changes to…

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Save Our ESA: ‘Families depend on it.’

“I don’t want to think of what Landon’s life might look like without (the ESA).”   A small rural town in Northern Mississippi has much to offer the Morrow family. Unfortunately, Pope, Mississippi, is not able to offer a public education that meets the needs of their middle son Landon. Struggles in the classroom have…

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Number of Mississippians Working is the Lowest in the Country

New data released by the federal government shows that Mississippi’s Employment Rate is now the lowest in the country. Preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Mississippi’s prime age employment rate for 2019 was 76%, which ranks the state at 50th out of all 50 states. The prime age employment…

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