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2012 House Education Bill Summaries Final

This summary attempts to highlight major components of each bill.  Please refer to the bill in its entirety for complete details.

HOUSE BILL 447 School superintendents; require school board to conduct annual comprehensive evaluation of

  • Requires an annual comprehensive evaluation of local superintendents using the assessment benchmarks establisted by the Mississippi School Boards Association

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012

Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 540School property and facilities; authorize shared use agreements for public recreation and sports

  • Authorize local school boards to allow school property to be used by the public during nonschool hours for recreation and sports
  • Limits the liability of school districts and school district employees for claims arising from the public’s use of school property and facilities for recreation and sports
  • Encourages school districts to enter into shared use agreements with community organizations and local governmental entities for purposes of recreation and sports
  • Requires the State Department of Education, in consultation with the State Department of Education to develop a best practices tool kit relating to shared use agreements

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012

Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 696Student grades; prohibit certain school administrators and district employees from influencing a change in

  •  Prohibits school administrators and certain other faculty, staff and employees of a local school district from influencing the grade received by a student from a  teacher
  • Prescribes the circumstances under which a teacher may change a student’s grade
  • Provides that violations shall subject local school districts or schools to a loss of accreditation  

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 707School Start Date Act of 2012; enact to restrict the start of a new academic year

  • Creates the School Start Date Act
  • Provides that all public elementary or secondary school under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education shall begin the new academic school year of instruction on or after the third Monday in August
  • Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year
  • Exempts the Mississippi Schools for the Blind and Deaf from the application of this requirement

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Approved by Governor

 HOUSE BILL 784Academic credits; allow school district to award to certain students who complete basic training camp with the National Guard

  • Authorize school boards to allow course credit to certain high school students, who are also members of the National Guard, and who completes basic training camp at the end of their junior years and before the start of their senior year
  • Authorize the school district to award  to the student one Carnegie completion of basic training

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Approved by Governor

 HOUSE BILL 909School maintenance fund; extend repealer that districts with low ending balance file budget cut plan

  • Extends the repealer from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2015 on the provisions requiring school districts with a low ending balance of school maintenance funds to submit plans of cost reductions to the State Department of Education

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Approved by Governor

 HOUSE BILL 948Agricultural high schools; repeal section that establishes certain standard required of

  • Repeals section 37-27-19, Mississippi Code of 1972, which establishes certain standards required of Agricultural High Schools

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012. 

Approved by Governor

 HOUSE BILL 960 Blind Persons’ Literacy Rights and Education Act, revise

  • Provides that blind and visually impaired students shall receive educational services from certified teachers of the visually impaired
  • Requires each appropriate educational entity to provide for instruction in Braille and the use of Braille unless the IEP committee determines, after an evaluation of the child’s needs, if the instruction of Braille or use of Braille is not appropriate for the child
  • Require assessments for students to include a minimum research-based learning media assessment
  • Prohibits the denial of instruction in Braille to students with some residual vision
  • Establishes the standard procedure to be used by the IEP or 504 team that Braille instruction or the use of Braille is required for blind students
  • Requires textbook publishers that sell books to Mississippi school districts to furnish American Standard Code for information interchange (ASCII) or other electronically formatted files compatible with Braille conversion for all books and supplementary materials for literary and nonliterary subjects
  • Requires the State Board of Education to promulgate and publish regulations, policies and procedures for the administrative operation of the Mississippi Instructional Resource Center

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Approved by Governor

 HOUSE BILL 1031Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for students with Dyslexia Program; create to provide dyslexic students with school choice

  • Establishes the Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for students with Dyslexia Program
  • Provides for student eligibility requirements for receipt of a scholarship and restricting eligibility
  • Provides for the term of the scholarship and stipulates the obligations of parents or legal guardians
  • Prescribes the duties of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education regarding the administration of the scholarship program
  • Requires that all compulsory school age children be screened for dyslexia during the period between the Spring of kindergarten and the Fall of Grade 1 and other appropriate times as deemed necessary in the public schools of this state
  • Establish the procedures to be followed in screening and evaluation of students for dyslexia and related disorders and prescribing who shall administer the screening and evaluation
  • Requires school diagnosticians receive additional training in the evaluation and diagnosis of dyslexia
  • Requires the state to pay directly to the school any federal or state aid attributable to a student with a disability attending the school
  • Requires the school to comply with the annual audit and budget submission requirements

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012. 

Due from Governor 5/26/12

 HOUSE BILL 1032Mississippi Dyslexia Education Scholarship Program; create

  • Establishes the Mississippi Dyslexia Education Scholarship Program for the purpose of recruiting and training qualified persons to practice dyslexia therapy in this state
  • Limits the receipt of scholarships under the program to students enrolled in or who have been accepted for enrollment into a mater’s degree program of study for dyslexia therapy
  • Provides that the annual amount of the scholarship award shall be equal to the total cost for tuition and establishes the terms of service for those persons who receive a scholarship under the program
  • Stipulates the process for repayment of any award amounts for failing to complete the program of study or the required number of years of services as required by receipt of a scholarship
  • Establishes the Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired  Scholarship Program to be administered by the Mississippi Instructional Resource Center
  • Provides that funding for the scholarship shall be subject to appropriation and shall be administered by the Mississippi Department of Education

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Due from Governor 5/26/12

 HOUSE BILL 1082Speech-Language Pathologist Master’s Degree Loan Forgiveness Program

  • Establishes a Speech-Language Pathologist Master’s Degree Loan Scholarship Program for persons working in Mississippi Public Schools

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Approved by Governor

 HOUSE BILL 1144Office of Educator Misconduct Evaluation; establish to provide administrative due process for licensure violations 

  • Establishes an office within the State Department of Education to respond to and conduct hearings regarding educator and administrator licensure and ethics violations
  • Provides that approval of educator preparation programs is subject to a process and schedule determined by the State Board of Education

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1405 – IEP meetings; authorize parents to record or to opt to have school districts provide written record or recording

  • Authorize a parent of an exceptional child to record Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings with audio or visual recording
  • Requires that such parental right to record be included in the procedural safeguards
  • Permits school boards, boards of supervisors and municipal governing authorities to authorize the use of dogs with the ability to detect diabetes in schools and public places

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.

Due from Governor 5/26/12

HOUSE BILL 1593 An act making an appropriation for the purpose of funding K-12 and other related educational activities, including certain agencies and programs, for fiscal year 2013.

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012

Approved by Governor

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