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2012 Senate Education Bills Final

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

 SENATE BILL 2074 – Municipal separate school districts with added territory; trustee elections conducted by county election commissioners.

  • Revise the qualifying deadline for candidates for the Board of Trustees of added territory in certain municipal separate school districts and provide that the election shall be conducted by the county election commissioners
  • Removes the prohibition that no person who is not present at the time and place of holding a certain election shall be eligible to vote
  • Repeals section 37-7-213, which provides for a notice of election for the board of trustees representing the added territory of certain municipal separate school districts to be posted, published and announced in a certain manner

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2176 Education Employment Procedures Law; delete right of terminated or renewal school superintendents to request a hearing.

  • Specifies that any school superintendent whose employment has been terminated by the local school board under section 37-9-59, or whose employment contract has not been renewed by the local school board shall not have the right to request a hearing before the local school board or a hearing officer.

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

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2330 School district consolidation; require in certain counties

  • Would provide that any Mississippi County having three school districts, all of which are under conservatorship by the Mississippi Department of Education, there shall be an administrative consolidation into one countywide school district. 
  • Provide for a new county board of education to be elected in such county in a November2013 special election; Provides that the new county board of education shall serve as he lead agency to consolidate the school districts in such county and to direct the State Board of Education to administratively consolidate any school district which does not voluntarily follow the consolidation order. 
  • Would abolish the former boards following the administrative consolidation and provide for the transfer of school districts assets and liabilities.
  • The bill provides for the appointment of a new county superintendent of education in said county. The bill directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation.  (Sunflower County School District)

Effective Date: Shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2332 – Would provide additional special funds to the Institutions of Higher Learning for support and maintenance of the critical needs teacher scholarship program.

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved by Governor 

SENATE BILL 2424– Education Employment Procedures Law; clarify deadline for notification of nonreemployment

  • Clarifies the deadline for notification of non-reemployment of teachers and administrators under the education employment procedures law
  • Clarifies 10 “calendar” days

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

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2450 High school advanced placement courses; delete requirement for State Department of Education approval

  • Deletes the requirement that the State Department of Education must approve all high school pre-advanced placement courses

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

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2452Employment of substitute teachers; clarify deduction of cost of substitutes from pay of absent licensee

  • For 10 days after a teacher has exhausted all sick leave, the school district must pay them for an additional 10 days, which can be full pay or full pay less a substitute teacher pay
  • Local school districts must establish a board policy

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

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2453 Repeals section 37-13-10, which provides components of a reading sufficiency program of instruction to be implemented 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

SENATE BILL 2454 Office of Dropout Prevention in the State Department of Education, clarify responsibility

  • Provides that each school district is responsible for student dropout prevention programs and that the Office of Dropout Prevention in the state department of education shall provide technical assistance to the local school districts upon request.
  • The bill separates the Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement and the Office of Dropout Prevention. 
  • Identifies criteria that must be included in a districts dropout prevention plan.
  • Specifies that a local school district’s dropout prevention plan must address how students will transition back into their home school district from a juvenile detention center.

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

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2737 Low-performing schools and districts; authorize State Board of Education to consolidate in emergency situations-School districts; require appointment of superintendent by governing authority in those abolished by Governor

  • Provides that if a local school district violates accreditation standards determined to be the basis for immediate withdrawal of accreditation, there shall be a show cause hearing conducted by the Commission on School Accreditation.
  • Authorizes the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in a school district whose accreditation has been withdrawn to petition for a transfer into an accredited school district and to provide for the transfer of state adequate program funds to the transferee school district. 
  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to abolish a school district and administratively consolidate with one or more existing school districts in emergency situations with the approval of the transferee school district.  
  • Provides for loans to school districts under conservatorship from the School District Emergency Assistance Fund and to provide that fund is a special fund which shall not lapse into the state general fund.  
  • Authorizes and directs the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education to change the performance level terminology for schools and school districts to “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F” based on established benchmarks of student achievement and growth.  Provides that such new terminology for accreditation rating purposes shall be effective upon full implementation of Common Core State Standards and Assessments. 
  • Amend codes to provide that a board member or superintendent in office at the time the Governor declares a state of emergency in a school district shall not be eligible to serve in that office in such school district and to provide that the new superintendent in such school district shall be appointed.

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.

Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2752 Coordinated School Health Pilot Program based on federal model; authorize Mississippi Department of Education and State Department of Health to establish

  • Authorizes the State Department of Education and the State Department of Health to establish a targeted coordinated school health pilot program based upon the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year

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

Due from Governor 5/25/12

SENATE BILL 2760School district consolidation; require in certain counties and study administrative consolidation of agricultural high schools

  • Provides for the administrative consolidation of the school districts located within Bolivar County  into two school districts to be designated as North Bolivar Consolidated School District and West Bolivar Consolidated School District
  • Authorize and directs the State Board of Education to develop and promulgate a consolidation order for the school districts in said county under certain standards
  • Provides for two new Boards of Trustees to be elected in such consolidated school district in a November 2013 special election and directs the State Board of Education to administratively consolidate any school district which does not voluntarily follow the consolidation order
  • Abolishes the former school boards following the administrative consolidation and provide for the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Directs the State Board of Education to develop a report with recommendations on the administrative consolidation of the state’s Agricultural High Schools 

Effective Date: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.

 Due from Governor 5/25/12 

SENATE BILL 2761 School District Procurement Efficiency Commission; continue under State Department of Education and authorize procurement cards

  • Establishes a Commission on School District Efficiency within the State Department of Education and require annual reports to the Governor and the legislature relative to business efficiency standards for accreditation
  • Authorizes the Department of Finance and Administration to adopt purchasing regulations regarding the use of procurement cards by school districts and teacher supply funds and to issue procurement cards to teachers on an annual basis for the purchase of said instructional materials.
  • Clarifies the payroll date for school districts and provide for the use of donated leave by school district personnel
  • Before an employee may receive donated sick leave the local superintendent must appoint a review committee to approve or disapprove – this includes that the illness is catastrophic as defined in legislation
  • Provides local school boards the authority to issue and provide procurement cards to school board members, superintendents and licensed school personnel consistent with the rules and regulations of DFA under section 31-7-9
  • For 10 days after a teacher has exhausted all sick leave, the school district must pay them for an additional 10 days, which can be full pay or full pay less a substitute teacher pay
  • Requires an annual comprehensive evaluation of local superintendents using the assessment benchmarks established by the Mississippi School Boards Association

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

Due from Governor 5/25/12

SENATE BILL 2776 - Directs State Board of Education and Mississippi Department of Education to change the performance level terminology for schools and school districts to “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F”

  • Amends codes to authorize and direct the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education to change the accreditation rating terminology for schools and school districts to “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F” based on established benchmarks of student achievement and growth.
  • Provide that such new terminology shall be effective upon full implementation of Common Core State Standards and Assessments.
  • Requires the State Board of Education to apply a letter grade equivalence to the current school and school district performance classification labels beginning with the 2011-2012 assessment results

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

Due from Governor 5/25/12

SENATE BILL 2792 Authorizes students to dually enroll in their home high school and a local community college in a dual

Dual enrollment-dual credit work skills certificate program in high school and community colleges; establish pilot program

  • Authorizes students to dually enroll in their home high school and a local community college in a dual credit program consisting of high school completion courses and a work skills certificate program
  • Establishes this dual credit option on a pilot program basis to be implemented statewide in the 2013-2014 school year
  • Prescribes the components of the dual credit option program and provides state funding under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program for the dual credit program
  • Requires the county tax assessors to annually submit to the State Department of Education certain information relating to the assessed value of property which is used by the Department in determining the amount each school district must contribute toward the cost of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program
  • Requires the State Department of Education to make a form available to the tax assessors for the submission of the reports
  • Clarifies dual enrollment language for high school students 

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

Due from Governor 5/26/12

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