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2013 House Education Bills

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

April 9, 2013 (1:20 p.m.)

HB 24 - Teacher and administrator licensure; clarify grounds for denial and reinstatement procedures

  • Clarifies the grounds for teacher or administrator licensure denial by the state board of education
  • Provides certain standards and procedures for reinstatement of teacher or administrator licenses

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee


HB 55 – Elected school boards; elect all members at time of presidential election

  • Provides for the election of members of the county boards of education at the same time as the presidential election and to establish a term of four years for that office
  • Provides for the election of member of the Boards of Trustees of consolidated school districts and line consolidated school districts in the same manner and at the same time as the Presidential election and to establish a term of four years for those offices
  • Provides for election of members of the Boards of Trustees of certain special municipal separate school districts in the same manner and at the same time the Presidential election and to establish a term of four years for that office
  • Amends code sections, which provide certain methods for electing trustees of consolidated and line consolidated school districts
  • Amends code sections, which provide certain methods for selecting trustees of special municipal separate school districts

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, or July 1, 2015, whichever is later

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Read the Third Time
  • Amended
  • Point of Order Raised
  • Set Aside-Pend Ruling of Chair
  • Amendment Withdrawn
  • Tabled Subject To Call
  • Died on Calendar

HB 74
Student attendance; allow excused absence for those participating in 4-H and FFA sponsored events not to exceed five per academic year

  • Allows for an excused absence for students participating in official organized events sponsored by the 4-H or Future Farmers of America (FFA)
  • The excuse has to be in writing by the superintendent or the Extension Agent or High School Agricultural Instructor/FFA Advisor
  • Allows for an excused absence for students officially being employed to serve as a page at the State Capitol for the Mississippi House of Representatives or Senate
  • Extends the use of public school buses to transport citizens attending a military historic commemorative event held on a military base or military park

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Holloway, Clarke
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Jolly
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13


HB 118
– Districts of Innovation; authorize State Board of Education to approve creation of in local school districts

  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to approve the creation of Districts of Innovation
  • Defines certain terms related to “Districts of Innovation”
  • Provides the number of Districts of Innovation approved shall not exceed five districts per year
  • Limits the initial approval and subsequent renewals of Districts of Innovation to five-year periods
  • Directs the Board to promulgate administrative rules and regulations to prescribe the conditions and procedures to be used by local school boards to be approved as a District of Innovation
  • Specifies the criteria to be addressed by the administrative regulations
  • Prescribes the requirements for a district to be a District of Innovation applicant
  • Prescribes the statutory requirements with which schools of innovation within districts of innovation must comply
  • Indentifies areas in which Districts of Innovation may request approval of practices that are different than current statutory requirements

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died in Committee


HB 121
– School superintendents; require to certify all statistical information submitted to State Department of Education

  • Requires local school superintendents to certify and verify all statistical information submitted to the State Department of Education
  • Provides for the revocation of administrator license of any superintendent who willfully and wantonly falsifies any statistical information submitted to the department
  • Provides for administrative procedures hearing to individuals whose license has been revoked for violations

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House of Education with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee


HB 138
- MAEP formula; require SDE to perform efficiency screenings of certain school districts in calculating

  • Requires the State Board of Education to recalculate the base student cost under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) for fiscal year 2014 and each fiscal year thereafter

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage

  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Declined To Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Frierson, Moore, Barker
  • Senate Conferees: Clarke, Burton, Tollison

HB 200 – Erin’s Law; create to implement curriculum for prevention of sexual abuse for children in Mississippi

  • Provides that the purpose of the law is to implement curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse for children
  • Would create the Erin’s Law Commission to adopt a curriculum no later than January 1, 2015
  • Provides for the requirements of the curriculum
  • Requires each school district to implement the curriculum beginning with the 2015-2016 school year
  • Allows school districts to choose an alternative curriculum
  • Allows parents to opt-out of the curriculum instruction for their children
  • Requires certain district and school personnel to be designated with responsibility for compliance with Erin’s Law
  • Provides for the reporting of school districts not in compliance with Erin’s Law

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage

  • Referred to Education and Judiciary B
  • Passed Full Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Judiciary B
  • Died in Judiciary B Committee


HB 207
National board certified school employees; remove requirement that annual salary supplement be subject to legislative appropriation

  • Removes the requirement that the annual salary supplement paid to National Board Certified Teachers, Nurses, Counselors and Speech-Language Pathologist employed be a public school district shall be subject to legislative appropriation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013.

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Died In Appropriations Committee


HB 369 – The Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013

  • Would create the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board as a state agency with exclusive chartering jurisdiction
  • Would authorize the Board to approve charter schools in certain school districts
  • Would prescribe the Boards membership and provide for the employment of an executive director and general counsel
  • Would prescribe the Boards powers and duties and provide funding
  • Would require the State Department of Education to provide technical information and assistance to the Authorizer
  • Would require the Authorizer to annually publish a pamphlet on the laws and regulation applicable to charter schools
  • Would require the Authorizer to annually disseminate a request for proposals for charter school applications and require components of charter applications
  • Establishes standards for authorizing charter schools which must be equal to nationally established best practices
  • Establishes an initial term of five (5) years for charter contracts and prescribe certain requirements for executing charter contracts
  • Establishes requirements relating to the enrollment of students in charter schools
  • Open enrollment includes all students residing in the geographical boundaries of the school district in which the charter school is located and a lottery process for selecting students when capacity is insufficient to enroll all students desiring to attend a charter school
  • Would require all public schools in the state to accept transfer credits from charter schools
  • Would require school districts to publicize information about charter schools to the same extent as non-charter public schools
  • Requires each charter contract to include a performance framework setting forth the academic and operational performance standards that the Authorizer will use to guide its evaluation of the charter school
  • Requires the Authorizer to annually monitor the performance of charter schools and to assist the charter school in taking corrective action when necessary
  • Establishes a process for reviewing and revoking charter school contracts and would require the Authorizer to develop a charter school closure protocol for a charter school that is to be closed and provide for the disbursement of unspent funds and assets
  • Requires the Authorizer Board to annually report to the Governor and Legislature on the status of charter schools operating in the state
  • Requires a charter school to be a nonprofit education organization that functions as a local educational agency
  • Prescribes certain powers relating to the fiscal and operational management of a charter school which may be exercised by the school
  • Prohibits charter schools from engaging in discrimination and from charging tuition
  • Provides that charter school are not subject to the rules and regulations adopted by  the State Board of Education or the School Board of the school district in which the charter school is located
  • Enumerates certain statutes from which charter schools are not exempt
  • Prescribes certain qualifications of employees of charter schools
  • Would require at least 75 percent of teachers in a charter school to be licensed by the state when the initial charter application is approved
  • Would exempt administrators from state licensure requirements
  • Prohibits charter school employees from participating in the public employees’ retirement system
  • Requires criminal background checks for charter school employees
  • Authorizes charter schools to participate in state and district sponsored athletic and academic interscholastic leagues and competitions
  • Would require charter schools to certify average daily attendance and qualify for state adequate education program allocations on a per-pupil basis
  • Would authorize local funding for charter schools
  • Requires State Department of Education to make adequate education program payments to charter schools based on the school’s average daily attendance
  • Authorizes equal transportation funding under the adequate education program for charter schools
  • Requires charter schools to undergo an annual financial audit
  • Grants the charter schools the right of first refusal to vacant school facilities and property and to authorize the use of public space for charter school operations under preexisting zoning regulations
  • Lines 80 through 238 provides exemptions from Title 37 of the Mississippi Code. The code that governs public education

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred To Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Busby, Mayo
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Burton, Simmons
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Conference Report Adopted

HB 425 – Student Tuition; revise high school course work requirement for state institutions of higher learning

  • Revise the high school course work requirements for the student tuition assistance grants for State Institutions of Higher Learning

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

  • Referred to Universities and Colleges
  • Passed Universities and Colleges Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Universities and Colleges
  • Passed Universities and Colleges Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amendment from Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 449 – School district superintendents; require all to be appointed beginning in 2016

  • Provides for the appointment of all superintendents of schools from and after January 1, 2016
  • Provides for the appointment of the superintendent of county school districts from and after January 1, 2016
  • Amends codes to repeal sections, which provides for a referendum on the question of retaining the elective method of choosing the county superintendent of education
  • Also amends codes to repeal sections, which provide for the election of county superintendent of education and filling vacancies in the office of county superintendent of education, effective January 1, 2016

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Read the Third Time
  • Tabled Subject To Call
  • Died on Calendar

HB 450
School district financial procedures; clarify distribution of funds and time of payment of employee salaries and wages

  • Provides clarification for the time of the monthly distribution of adequate education funds to school districts
  • Clarifies the time of payment of salaries or wages to school district employees, particularly for the month of December
  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to issue regulations concerning the type of financial reports required to be submitted by local school districts
  • Would clarify that local school boards shall require the issuance of procurement cards for supply fund expenditures

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee


HB 461
Compact for education; repeal

  • Repeal code sections, which make up the compact for education
  • Requires the filing of copies of bylaws and amendments
  • Establishes the Mississippi Education Council

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor


HB 519 – Tax levy to support school districts; authorize levying authority to veto school board request for increase up to seven percent

  • Authorizes the levying authority for a school district to veto the school board’s request for an increase in the ad valorem tax dollars up to seven percent

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Died on Calendar

HB 636 – Certified academic language therapy; include in category of individuals eligible for annual salary supplement

  • Would include certified academic language therapists in the category of professionals eligible for an annual salary supplement provided such therapists are clinically certified by the American Language Therapy Association

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013 and shall stand repealed in June 30, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Died In Committee


HB 637
– Financial literacy curriculum; require State Board of Education to revise grades for which offered

  • Requires the State Board of Education to implement a financial literacy curriculum for public schools on or before the 2014-2015 academic school year
  • Provides that the course in financial literacy shall account for a one-half Carnegie unit
  • Requires successful passage of the course as a graduation requirement
  • Establishes the “Financial Literacy Trust Fund” as a special fund in the state treasury and provides for the funds administration

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Died In Committee


HB 639
– School choice; establish opportunity scholarships and open enrollment for public school students

  • Creates the Opportunity Scholarship Program to provide low income public school students an opportunity to attend an approved nonpublic school
  • Prescribes eligibility criteria for students to receive scholarships and for nonpublic schools to participate in the program
  • Requires the State Board of Education to select a scholarship granting organization to administer program
  • Provides an income tax credit for contributions to the program
  • Amends code sections to provide the transfer of a student to school of choice upon the petition of the parent or guardian of such student
  • Provides that transportation of a student to a transferee school shall be the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian unless the school district agrees to provide transportation
  • Amends code sections to provide that a school district accepting a transfer student may not charge the student any tuition fees

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations with Committee Substitute to Education
  • Died In Education Committee

HB 672
Dyslexia Education Scholarship Program; increase maximum number of students eligible to 20

  • Increases the number of students eligible for scholarships under the Mississippi Dyslexia Education scholarship program from 10 to 20 

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor


HB 716
– School district consolidation; require in certain county

  • Provides that in Oktibbeha County there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as Starkville Countywide Municipal Separate School District, effective July 1, 2015
  • Provides that until such time consolidation becomes effective, the Oktibbeha County District shall remain under conservatorship of the Mississippi Recovery School District
  • Provides for the composition of the Board of Trustees of the new countywide municipal separate school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to administratively consolidate any school district which does not voluntarily follow the consolidation order
  • Abolishes the former school district following the administrative consolidation and provide for the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Provides for execution of teacher and school district employee contracts and the preparation of a school district employee contracts and the preparation of a school district budget in the new school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation
  • Provides a two-year waiver from accountability and state assessment requirements for the new student population

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Chism, Barker
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Smith
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted

HB 779 – Compulsory school attendance; lower age to 5 years and disallow parent from removing child from kindergarten

  • Would revise the definition of the term “Compulsory-School-Age Child”
  • Includes children who attain the age of five years before September 1 under the compulsory school attendance law
  • Deletes the provision of the compulsory school attendance law which allows a parent or guardian to disenroll a children from a full-day public school kindergarten program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee


HB 781
– Pre-kindergarten programs; require State Department of Education to implement on phased-in basis beginning with 2013-2014 school year

  • Authorizes and directs the State Department of Education to implement a prekindergarten program in the State of Mississippi on a phased-in scholarship basis
  • Transfers the duties and responsibilities of the Department of Human Services relative to the “Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013” to the State Department of Education
  • Would redesignate the prekindergarten program as the “Early Learning Act of 2013”
  • Commits funding of the “Early Learning Act of 2013” on a phased-in basis
  • Provides that mandatory prekindergarten programs shall first be provided in underperforming school districts
  • Designates and empower the State Early Childhood Advisory Council (SECAC) and prescribes its responsibilities to assist the State Department of Education in implementing the “Early Learning Act of 2013”
  • Authorizes school districts t implement the “Early Learning Act of 2013”
  • Provides qualifications for certain education personnel
  • Provides for a state income tax credit for contributions to qualified prekindergarten providers
  • Establishes the “Prekindergarten Provider Fund” as a special fund in the State Treasury
  • Repeals the Early Childhood Services Advisory Committee

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations with Committee Substitute to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Died on Calendar


HB 822
– School administrators, prohibit districts from hiring as consultant if last employed by a failing district

  • Prohibits school districts from hiring as a consultant any education administrator whose last full-time education job in Mississippi, within the preceding two years, was with a school district designated an “F” school district under the state accreditation system

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee


HB 879
– Students of military personnel residing on base; allow parent or legal guardian to choose school or school district of enrollment

  • Allows parents or legal guardians who are active members of the United States Armed Forces or Civilian military personnel and who reside on a military base to enroll their children in any school of the parent’s or legal guardian’s choosing
  • Subject to certain conditions

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amend from Senate
  • Approved by Governor


HB 889
– School personnel; prohibit engaging in political activity while in performance of official duties

  • Would prohibit school district personnel from engaging in political activity while in performance of official duties and responsibilities
  • Prohibits the use of district time, property, equipment, supplies or personnel to produce, distribute disseminate, circulate or communicate any material or information in support or opposition of political activity
  • Prohibits soliciting or attempts to solicit funds from school district personnel on behalf of a political activity
  • Prohibits political activity  on school property
  • Provides that any limitation imposed on district personnel engaging in political activity shall not be applicable to such person on their personal time
  • Requires school superintendents and school board members to remain neutral by not engaging in political activities on school property and by publicly supporting or opposing any political party
  • Prescribes penalties for violations of this act

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee

HB 890 – Education Works: MS Literacy-Based Promotion Act/ open enrollment/ performance-based pay; create

  • Creates the Mississippi Education Works Program
  • Address student literacy in reading and math, teacher performance and school enrollment choice
  • Provides for literacy based promotion relating to student reading deficiency and parental notification
  • Provides that any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading in kindergarten, grade 1, 2 or grade 3 shall receive intensive reading instruction
  • Provides that if the student’s reading deficiency is not remedied by the end of grade 3, the student must be retained  and not promoted
  • Prescribes remedies for reading and math deficiencies by the end of grade 7
  • Provides that any student who exhibits substantial reading and math deficiency in grade 7 shall be retained
  • Provides for exemptions from this prohibition based upon good cause for grades 3 and 7
  • Prescribes programs of instruction for successful progression for retained students
  • Provides for reporting requirements
  • Repeals the Mississippi Reading Sufficiency Program of Instruction
  • Provides for the transfer of students to a school of choice upon the petition of the parent or guardian of such student
  • Provides that transportation of such student to the transferee school shall be the responsibility of the parent or guardian unless the school district agrees to provide transportation
  • Provides for the payment of MAEP funds for transferring students and disallows the payment of local district maintenance funds by the transferor district
  • Also provides that no school district accepting any transfer students shall charge the student any tuition fees
  • Creates the Teacher Education Scholars Program and establish eligibility criteria and funding
  • Establishes a pilot system in certain school districts for evaluating the performance of teachers and administration for the purpose of awarding performance-based compensation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Declined to Concur/Invite Conference Lost
  • Declined to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Mayo, Busby


HB 896
– MS Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship for Students with Speech-Language Impairments; create to provide students with school choice

  • Establishes the Mississippi Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship for students with speech-language impairments program
  • Provides for student eligibility requirements for receipt of a scholarship and restricting eligibility
  • Provides for the term of the scholarship
  • Stipulates the obligations of parents or legal guardians, students and schools and school districts
  • Prescribes the duties of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education regarding the administration of the scholarship program
  • Provides the Department of Education with the authority to verify the eligibility of nonpublic schools and to establish the process for notifications of violations
  • Requires that all compulsory-school-age children be screened for speech-language impairment 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
  • Establishes the procedures to be followed in screening and evaluation of students for speech-language impairment and related disorders and prescribing who shall administer the screening and evaluation
  • Requires the Department of Education to submit an annual report to the legislature summarizing student performance, student assessments, funding and any recommended changes
  • The maximum scholarship granted per eligible student with speech-language impairment shall be an amount equivalent to the Mississippi Adequate Education Programs base student cost
  • Requires the school to comply with the annual audit and budget submission requirements prescribed by law

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Education Committee As Amended
  • Passed Appropriations Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Barker, Crawford
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Hopson
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Recommitted for Further Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adoped


HB 906
– Opportunity Scholarship Program; create for low income students to attend nonpublic schools

  • Creates the Opportunity Scholarship Program
  • Provides low income public school students an opportunity to attend an approved nonpublic school
  • Prescribes eligibility criteria for students to receive scholarships and for nonpublic schools to participate in the program
  • Requires the State Board of Education to select a scholarship granting organization to administer the program
  • Provides an income tax credit for contributions to the program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Tabled Subject To Call
  • Died on Calendar


HB 939
– Eligibility of children in certain licensed residential facilities to receive federal education funds; provide

  • Authorizes children residing in licensed psychiatric residential treatment facilities to be eligible for federal-funded education services
  • Requires that such children shall be placed in the education setting based on the recommendation of the IEP committee

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Died In Committee


HB 945
– Occupational diploma; revise manner of issuance to increase employment opportunities for students with special needs

  • Would increase the employment opportunities for special needs students who fully meet the requirements of and qualify for an occupational diploma upon graduation
  • Requires the local school district to automatically submit the names of those individuals to the local WIN Job Center for entry into a centralized database system that operates as a placement component for employment with a local or state governmental entity

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Died on Calendar


HB 955
– Reading Proficiency Program; establish in public schools to achieve grade level reading by end of third grade

  • Establishes the “Reading Proficiency Program” to improve kindergarten and first through third grade public school students’ reading skills so that every student completing third grade reads at or above grade level
  • Requires school districts to provide intensive reading instruction and intervention to students exhibiting a substantial deficiency in reading in kindergarten and grades 1 through 3
  • Prohibits the promotion of students whose reading deficiency is not remedied before the end of third grade
  • Required notice to be given to parents of kindergarten and first through third grade students exhibiting a reading deficiency
  • Requires the State Department of Education to establish the Mississippi Reading Panel to determine appropriate alternative assessments and evaluations
  • Prohibits the promotion of public school students based solely on a student’s age or other social promotion factors
  • Establishes good cause exemptions for promotion for third grade and students failing to meet academic requirements for promotion
  • Provides for make-up testing opportunities in third grade reading
  • Specifies certain actions school districts must take in implementing the reading proficiency program in kindergarten and grades 1 through 3
  • Requires school boards to submit annual reports to parents on their respective student’s progress in school
  • Requires school boards to publish data reflecting student progression and performance in a local newspaper
  • Requires the State Board of Education to adopt policies necessary for the implementation of the program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Martinson, Currie
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Burton, Hill


HB 958
– Concealed firearms on school premises; require local school board to adopt policy authorizing certain school employees to carry

  • Authorizes local school boards to develop a policy to provide for the safety, protection and well-being of students
  • Requires that the school board submit the policy to the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Safety for approval before implantation
  • Provides that the policy may authorize the local superintendent of schools to allow certain school employees to carry a concealed firearm on school premises
  • Prescribes the stipulations for such school employees to be authorized to carry the concealed firearm

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education with Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee

HB 975
Districts under conservator; provide for special election in certain to fill vacancies on school board

  • Provides for a special school board election to fill vacancies in school districts under conservatorship where there are no remaining school board members at the time of reconstitution or reorganization of the district

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 1004 – Nate Rogers Scholarship for students with disabilities program; create to provide students with disabilities with school choice

  • Establishes the Nate Rogers Scholarship for students with disabilities 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 students and school and school districts
  • Prescribes the duties of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education regarding the administration of the scholarship program
  • Provides the Department of Education with the authority to verify the eligibility of Mississippi accredited nonpublic schools and to establish the process for notifications of violations
  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to deny, suspend or revoke a school’s participation in the scholarship program and the procedures taken
  • Establishes the procedures to be followed in determining a student’s eligibility for an Individualized Educational Program or 504 accommodation plan as prescribed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Provides the terms under which the evaluations may be assessed
  • Requires the participating schools to submit annual reports to the State Department of Education
  • Also requires the State to pay directly to the school any federal or state aid attributable to a student with a disability attending the school

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Died on Calendar


HB 1112
– Schoolchildren’s Religious Liberties Act; create

  • Will be known as the “Schoolchildren’s Religious Liberties Act”;
  • Prohibits local school districts from discriminating against students based on their expression of religious perspectives on otherwise permissible subjects
  • Requires school districts to adopt a policy that establishes a limited public forum for student speakers at school events and to require school districts to publish a disclaimer stating that the students’ views do not reflect those of the district
  • Clarifies that students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork and other assignments
  • Authorizes students to organize prayer groups, religious clubs and other religious gathering to the same extent that students are permitted to organize other non-curricular student activities and groups
  • Requires school districts to adopt a policy regarding limited public forums and voluntary expression of religious perspectives
  • Provides a model policy on student expression of religious perspectives and student speakers which school districts may adopt
  • Amends codes, which provides that teachers and school administrators may permit the voluntary participation by students in prayer
  • Amends codes, which provides that local school boards may allow references to religion in the public schools when the reference do not constitute aid to any religious sect or a sectarian purpose

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee
 

HB 1530 – School attendance and absenteeism; standardize for ADA calculations and increase age of compulsory school attendance

  • Provides that a compulsory-school-age child who is absent more than 37% of the instructional day must be considered absent the entire day
  • Revises the definition of the terms “Minimum School Term” and “Average Daily Attendance” as such terms are used for determining allocations to school districts under the Adequate Education Program

The act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Frierson, Moore, Dickson
  • Senate Conferees: Clarke, Burton, Tollison
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled

HB 1648 - Appropriation; Education, Department of

  • Funding for K-12 Education

The act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Frierson, Moore, Dickson
  • Senate Conferees: Clarke, Burton, Carmichael
  • Conference Reports Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13

 


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