VIDEO: Education PAC Makes Progress
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – A recently formed Political Action Committee is working to drum up support for the state’s public schools. Members of the Mississippi Education PAC have been traveling the state reaching out to lawmakers, and trying to keep schools on the front burner. One of the group’s aims is to also find people willing to invest in public education. Mississippi’s schools rank near the bottom nationally. Members say one of the key issues is funding. “We are 47th in the nation in per-pupil spending. We just don’t believe that… that’s not a commitment that we’re proud of. We want to see that changed, and we want folks in the legislature that want to stand up for what we believe is our greatest resource and that is our children,” said PAC founder and board member, Leslie Fye. The PAC is looking to back a pro-public education candidate in the race to replace Representative, Tyrone Ellis.
Mississippi Public Education PAC Launches
TUPELO, Miss. – A group of passionate public school parents from around the state have banded together to form the Mississippi Public Education Political Action Committee (PAC) to advocate for strong public schools. The mission of the nonpartisan grassroots PAC is to help elect pro-public education candidates to the Mississippi Legislature in order to strengthen, support and protect existing public schools in the state.
New PAC wants louder public education voice in Legislature
Looks like Empower Mississippi is getting some competition in the battle to transform public schools.
A news release says the Mississippi Public Education Political Action Committee founders include public school mothers from Gulfport and Julia Weaver of Ocean Springs. Weaver is a former alderman-at-large and founder of the pro–public schools group Fed Up With 50th.
Empower has been putting money toward legislative candidates who back its school-choice agenda that favors charter schools. Opponents of charter schools say they take money away from already underfunded public schools but don’t perform any better.
New PAC Supports Education
Public education has become a hot topic in Mississippi since the grassroots campaign of Initiative 42 that began in Oxford was narrowly defeated last year. But the battle has not ended and now a group of passionate public school parents from around the state have banded together to create a political action committee advocating strong public schools.
According to a press release from the organization, the mission of the nonpartisan Mississippi Public Education Political Action Committee is to help elect pro-public education candidates to the Mississippi Legislature in order to strengthen, support and protect existing public schools in the state.
Public Education PAC Aims to Change the Face of the State Legislature
Parents are now fighting politics with politics. The goal: If they can't change the mind of the legislature, they want to change the face of the legislature.
School supply and money collection drives are cranking up. But, some say that they wouldn’t be necessary if schools in the state were fully funded.
Pro Public Education PAC formed by parents statewide
The 2016 legislative session moved a group of passionate parents from all over the state to form a pro-public education political action committee.
The nonpartisan group, Mississippi Public Education PAC, plans to push for the election of legislators who support public education as well as legislative support in general for the state’s public schools.
The group was organized by public school parents from across the state, including Tupelo Schools 2015 Parent of the Year Kate Farabaugh. Farabaugh was also named Parent of the Year for the First Congressional District.
“I’m just a mom, but seeing all of the bills coming through against public schools it really made me want to try to do something,” Farabaugh said.
Mississippi Public Education PAC new way to back schools
Mississippi’s continuing refusal at the legislative level to fund public education at an optimum level has inspired a group of parents statewide to form the Mississippi Public Education Political Action Committee, a first in our state.
The PAC is non-partisan and solely focused on a mission to recommend and elect pro-public education candidates to the Legislature.
Because the group is non-partisan it makes itself attractive to candidates in both major parties who are self-declared public education advocates. The non-partisan status also makes it attractive to donors and volunteers who are politically active in a party and also share a common-ground commitment to excellence in public schools.