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2014 House Education Bill Summaries

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

June 5, 2014 (10:10 a.m.)

HB 71 - Payment of teacher salaries; standard contract shall fix monthly installment.

  • Provides that the standard teacher contract prescribed by the State Board of Education provide that licensed employees shall earn a salary payable in equal installments beginning in the first month of employment
  • Clarifies the daily rate of pay earned by a licensed employee

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Referred to Senate Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Returned for Enrolling
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 72 – School buses; require school districts to have identifying signage placed upon all buses. 

  • Requires that any contract entered into by a school district for the operation, rental or leasing of school buses with private or public entities, or the purchase of school buses to be used by a school district to stipulate in the contract that the entity from whom the school bus is rented, leased or purchased , or which is providing the transportation service, shall cause the required district-identifying signage to be placed on the bus before delivery of the school bus into possession the school district

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Holloway, Boyd
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Wilemon, Polk
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Billed Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 77 – Students grades; enhanced penalty imposed on school districts for individuals who influence falsification of.

  • Would enhance the penalty imposed upon school districts for school administrators and certain other faculty, staff and employees who influence the falsifying of grades received by a student from a teacher
  • Provides that upon presentation of sufficient evidence of violation the State Department of Education immediately shall suspend the accreditation of the violating school or district
  • Provides for the administrative procedures and due process for those accused of violations

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 78 - Student transfer; prohibit school boards in failing school districts from denying requests to better performing district.

  • Prohibits local school board in districts with an accountability rating of “D” or “F” from denying students request to transfer to a better performing adjacent district upon receipt of a written petition by the parent, legal guardian or individual in loco parentis of the student requesting the transfer
  • Prescribes the components to be included in the release petition
  • Requires the receiving school district to verify the accountability rating grade of the transferring school district before accepting any student and upon a determination that the transferring district has a poor accountability rating, shall receive the student and make a request of the transferring district for per pupil expenditures allotted the student

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

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Died on Calendar

HB 112 – 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 District 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
  • Identities 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, 2014

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

HB 315 - School asthma plan; require that each child with asthma have plan on file at child’s school and specify plan content

  • Re-codify and revise provisions requiring school districts to take certain actions relating to children with asthma and anaphylaxis
  • Referred to as the “Mississippi Asthma and Anaphylaxis Child Safety Act”
  • Repeals code sections which provides for the self-administration of asthma medication at school

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Public Health and Human Services and Education
  • Passed Full Public Health Committee to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee to Public Health
  • Passed Full Public Health with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Public Health and Welfare
  • Died in Committee

HB 427 – Licensed school employees; allow use of personal leave near holiday if summoned by court.

  • Allows a licensed school employee to use personal leave on the first day of school term and the day before and after a holiday if the employee is summoned to appear for jury duty or as a witness in court on those days

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 432 – CPR/AED; require to be taught as instructional component for physical education in grades 9-12.

  • Requires that proper administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated eternal defibrillator (AED) be included as an instructional component of the physical education curriculum for grades 9-12
  • Requires that the curriculum incorporate instruction of psychomotor skills development
  • Requires the instruction to be based on an instructional program established by the American Heart Association, The American Red Cross, or another program which is nationally recognized and uses the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines
  • Exempts licensed teach from requiring certification as a trainer of CPR or AED to facilitate the instruction
  • Requires the State Department of Education establishes a procedure for monitoring adherence to the curriculum requirements
  • Provides discretion to the Department to adjust the allocation of state funds based on failure to comply

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee with Committee Substitute to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amend From Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 436 – West Point Consolidated School District; designate as a countywide municipal separate school district upon consolidated reorganization.

  • Designate the West Point Consolidated School District as a Countywide Municipal Separate School District
  • Provides that after the special election of board members to represent the territory outside of the incorporated areas of West Point subsequent board members from such areas shall be elected by the county board of supervisors in a manner prescribed by law
  • Removes the requirement that the State Board of Education submit new district lines to the Attorney General of the United States  for preclearance

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died in Committee

HB 438 – Teacher licensure; revise eligibility for receipt of licensure through nontraditional teaching route.

  • Revise the minimum requirements for individuals pursuing a standard teacher’s license through the nontraditional teaching route based on collegiate academic performance
  • Removes the requirement that the minimum GPA be on the content coursework in the area of certification or from the approved teacher education program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 439 – Erin’s Law Awareness; authorize inclusion of as a component of required comprehensive school district safety plan.                            

  • Authorizes local school boards to adopt a policy addressing sexual abuse of children and to specify certain components that may be included in the policy as a part of the comprehensive local school district safety plan
  • Would provide that the policy may be referred to as “Erin’s Law Awareness”

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 440 – Professional school counselors; revise manner of reference and duties and responsibilities of.

  • Corrects and change in reference and title of school guidance counselors to Professional School Counselors
  • Revise certain duties and responsibilities assigned to Professional School Counselors and those duties related to counselors’ ability to provide direct services

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Recommitted to Committee
  • Died in Committee

HB 442 – School board members; elect at time of presidential election for four-year terms.

  • Requires the election of all school board members and to establish a term of four years for all school board members
  • Provides that three members of each school board will be elected at the time of the Presidential election and two members will be elected at the November election two years after the Presidential election
  • Revise the time of the election of the members of the county boards of education and to establish a term of four years for that office
  • Revise the time of the election of the Trustees of the municipal separate school districts and special municipal separate school districts and to establish a term of four years for that office
  • Revise the time of the election of members of the boards of trustees of consolidated school districts and line consolidated school districts in the same manner and to establish a term of four years for those offices
  • Revise the time of the election of the trustees of the countywide special municipal separate school districts and to establish a term of four years for that office
  • Revise the time of the election of the trustees of the special municipal school districts that embrace less than the entire county and to establish a term of four years for that office
  • Repeals certain sections which provide certain methods for filling vacancies and elective trustees of municipal separate school districts, special municipal separate school districts, consolidated school districts and line consolidated school districts
  • Also repeals certain sections which provide additional methods for selecting trustees of special municipal separate school districts
  • Brings forward code sections which requires the consolidation of certain county school districts under conservatorship for possible amendment
  • Brings forward code sections which requires the administrative consolidation of certain school districts in Bolivar County, for possible amendment
  • Brings forward code section which requires the administrative consolidation of all school districts in Clay County for possible amendment
  • Brings forward code sections which requires the administrative consolidation of all school districts in Oktibbeha County for possible amendment
  • Establishes educational qualifications for the office of school board members

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 444 – Charter school; authorize participation in Public Employees’ Retirement System.

  • Authorize charter schools to participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System
  • Amends codes to include charter schools in the definition of the term “Instrumentality” for the purposes of the Public Employees’ Retirement System

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Failed
  • Held on Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Lost
  • Died on Calendar

HB 446 – Education provision; revise and clarify certain relating to hours of instruction; student records, student enrollment, dual enrollment and textbooks

  • Requires that the hours of actual teaching in a public school shall not be less than five and one-half hours
  • Revise the definition of “School Day” under the compulsory school attendance law to mean not less than five and one-half hours of actual teaching in a public school
  • Authorize school districts to store the permanent records of those individuals having graduated in an electronic digital format
  • Prohibits the enrollment of children who have not reached a certain age on or before August 1 from enrolling in a kindergarten or in first grade which is part of a public school
  • Removes the provision that prohibits courses required for Subject Area Testing as eligible for dual credit under a dual enrollment program
  • Includes digital textbooks furnished to students by the school boards of certain schools in the annual report required to be filed with the State Board of Education by the managing board of such schools
  • Provides for the timely distribution of education enhancement fund procurement cards to school teachers eligible for receipt of such cards

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Passed Full House
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Reconsidered
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died in Committee

HB 450 – Annual salary supplements; limit receipt of to only one per individual without regard to number of national certifications held.

  • Provide that the receipt of annual salary supplements to certain educational employees holding certain qualifying national certifications shall be limited to one supplement per employee regardless of the number of certifications held

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Recommitted to Committee
  • Died in Committee

HB 452 – Accreditation of schools; revise manner by which certain schools are assigned a grade designation.

  • Authorize the State Board of Education, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year to use a certain formula for the hiring of certified school librarians rather than mandating the formula be used
  • Revise the manner by which schools that do not administer statewide standard assessments are assigned a grade designation in the performance categories based on the accountability rating system
  • Exempt certain schools from the requirement of being assigned a grade designation
  • Remove requirement that the public notice issued for school districts placed on probation for failure to meet accreditation standards be published in a newspaper within the jurisdiction of such school district
  • Permits the public notice of such probationary period to be in electronic or print format

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Amendment Failed
  • Passed Full House
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Withdrawn
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died in Committee

HB 454 – State Department of Education; remove certain State Personnel Board procedures for two years.

  • Provides that for a period of two years, the personnel actions of the State Department of Education subject to regulations of the State Personnel Board shall be exempt from State Personnel Board procedures
  • All employees of those agencies shall be classified as non-state service during that period

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Appropriations with Committee Substitute to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Held on Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency
  • Passed Full Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Mayo, Formby
  • Senate Conferees: Collins, Clarke, Fillingane
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 455 – New Start School Program; repeal.

  • Repeals the New Start School Program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Rules and Education
  • Passed Full Rules Committee to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee to Rules
  • Passed Full Rules Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amend from Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 502 – MS Achievement School District; establish to oversee the administration of certain failing schools with an “F” rating for three consecutive years.

  • Establishes the Mississippi Achievement School District within the State Department of Education to provide leadership and oversight of certain schools that have been considered failing and designated a “F” on the accountability rating system for two consecutive years
  • Provides the criteria that qualifies a school as failing for the purposes of placement in the Achievement School District
  • Authorizes the State Superintendent of Public Education directly operate or contract with certain individuals or entities to manage the day-to-day operations of schools or Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) placed in the Achievement School District in an amount equal to the per pupil allocation of state and local funds received by the State Department of Education or LEA for the students enrolled in the Achievement School District School
  • Provides that schools in the Achievement School District shall receive all appropriate allocations of federal funds under federal law or regulation, including, Title I and ESEA funds, to provide for the deposit of any unexpended state and local funds allocated to the achievement school district into a state reserve fund to be distributed to the appropriate school or LEA upon approval of the State Board of Education and upon removal from the achievement school district
  • Allows the Achievement School District to require a LEA to provide school support or student support services for a school transferred from the LEA’s jurisdiction
  • Provides the Achievement School District the right to use any school buildings and all facilities and other property recognized as part of the facilities or assets of the school before its placement in the Achievement School District
  • Provides that the use of such buildings and facilities shall be without cost except for the maintenance required for upkeep of such facilities
  • Provides the procedures to be used in determining the employment or termination of teachers in the Achievement School District
  • Provides authority to the achievement school to authorize the preparation and use of publications and other media for the marketing and public education needs of the achievement school district
  • Permits the Achievement School District or operating entity to apply to the State Board of Education for a waiver board rules that inhibit the school’s ability to increase student achievement
  • Provides for the duration of the time that a school or LEA is required to be under the administration of the Achievement School District
  • Provides the procedure for a school’s removal from the Achievement School District
  • Requires the State Department of Education to establish a four-year pilot program of assessment of kindergarten students within the school district with the most schools operated by the Achievement School District beginning in the 2016-2017 school year
  • Requires the State Board of Education to create the “Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee”
  • Develop and recommend guidelines and criteria for the annual evaluation of all teachers and principals
  • Exempt teachers who are not employed on a full-time basis from the required teacher and principal evaluation
  • Provides teachers dismissed for cause under section 37-9-59 with the opportunity to request an administrative hearing with the local school board and provide for appellate procedures

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee with Committee Substitute to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Amended
  • Recommitted to Committee
  • Died in Committee

HB 504 – Teachers; bring forward provision providing for salary schedule of. 

  • Clarifies which full-time licensed public school employees are entitled to be paid a salary in accordance with the state teacher salary scale
  • Provides for an increase to the minimum base salary of full-time licensed teachers based on the fulfillment of necessary benchmarks which evidence a licensed teacher’s professional growth, learning and development and teacher service activities
  • Prescribes the benchmarks by which teachers shall be eligible for a pay increase
  • Requires documented verification of teacher benchmarks upon a form developed by the State Department of Education which shall be signed by the principal of the school in which the teacher is employed

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Appropriations Committee with Committee Substitute to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Currie, Frierson
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Burton, Polk
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 510 – Charter Schools; revise teachers’ time to achieve state licensure and delete attorney requirement for authorizer board director.

  • Requires a charter school teacher to possess a teaching license issued by the Mississippi Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development within three years of the teacher’s initial employment with charter school
  • Delete’s the requirement that the Executive Director of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board be an attorney

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 512 – School superintendents; require to certify all statistical information submitted to State Department of Education.

  • Would require local superintendents to certify and verify all statistical information submitted to the State Department of Education
  • Would provide for the revocation of administrator license of any superintendent who willfully and wantonly falsifies any statistical information submitted to MDE
  • Also provides for the 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, 2014

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

HB 528 – School buses; repeal law requiring to be driven less than certain speeds.

  • Repeals section 37-41-47 which requires school buses to be driven less than certain speeds and for related purposes.

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Rules and Education
  • Passed Full Rules Committee to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Rules
  • Passed Full Rules Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Held on Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Died in Committee

HB 561 – School choice; provide right of selection to military personnel residing on base whose children enroll in an adjacent district school district.

  • Amends section 37-15-29 to provide that 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 shall have the right to select the school or enrollment in the adjacent school district chosen by the parent or legal guardian for the child’s attendance                         

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

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Died in Committee

HB 714 – Student transfers between school districts; require approved transfer to remain in effect unless student’s address changes.

  • Requires a decision by the school boards of two school districts to approve the transfer of a student between those districts to remain in effect until the student’s high school graduation unless the student’s residential address subsequently changes

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

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Died on Calendar

HB 760 – School district administrative consolidation; require in certain counties.

  • Provides that in Coahoma County there shall be an administrative consolidation of the Coahoma County School District and the Clarksdale School District into one school district to be designated as Clarksdale-Coahoma Consolidated School District
  • It shall be a countywide municipal separate school district effective July 1, 2016
  • Provides for the composition of the board of trustees of the new Clarksdale-Coahoma Consolidated 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 districts following administrative consolidation and provide for the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Would provide for execution of teacher and school district employee contracts and the preparation of school district budget in the new school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation
  • Provides for 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 July 1, 2014

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

HB 765 – The Equal Opportunity for All Student with Special Needs Act; create to establish IEF’s for certain students. 

  • Would create The Equal Opportunity for All Students with Special Needs Act for the purpose of establishing Individualized Education Funds (IEF’s) for parents of eligible students with special needs
  • Prescribes the criteria for determining eligibility for participation in the program and receipt of program funds
  • Requires each students IEF to be funded at an amount equivalent to the MAEP base student cost plus the proportionate share of funds for categorical aid programs
  • Would stipulate the obligations of parents of legal guardians, students and schools to become and remain eligible for participation
  • Prescribes the duties of the Department of Education regarding the administration of the funds
  • Requires PEER to prepare a biannual report on the sufficiency of funding for IEF’s and student performance and assessment evaluation beginning in 2018 and every two years thereafter
  • Would provide for the administrative, financial and academic accountability standards to be adhered to by participating schools

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

  • 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
  • Passed Full Senate Education As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite to Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Crawford, Currie
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Polk
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Point of Order Raised
  • (H) Set Aside-Pending Ruling of Chair
  • (H) Point of Order-Not Well Taken
  • (H) Conference Report Failed

HB 766 – Tax credit; provide to eligible individuals who acquire and renovate surplus school property for economic development purposes.

  • Provides an income tax credit to certain individuals for the development and rehabilitation of surplus school buildings for teacher housing and economic development purposes
  • Stipulates the conditions of eligibility for receipt of such tax credit
  • Permits a 10-year carry-forward for tax credits that exceed the total state income tax liability for the year in which the developed property is placed in service
  • Provides that the aggregate amount of tax credits awarded shall not exceed $80,000,000.00
  • Provides an additional credit to owners of eligible projects against Mississippi income taxes in an amount equal to $2,500.00 per year for each tenant that is a public school teacher
  • Requires the Board of Trustees of the Department of Revenue to establish fees to be charged for the services performed in administering the provisions of this act
  • Establish a special fund in the State Treasury for the deposit of fees collected by the department for administering the tax credit program

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

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

HB 767 – Graduation requirements; require ACT to serve as high school exit exam in lieu of subject area test. 

  • Would create a pilot program to review the requirement for passage of Subject Area Test as a mandatory requirement for graduation
  • Would remove the requirement for passage of subject area test as a mandatory requirement for graduation
  • Authorizes the comparison and analysis of data from administration of Subject Area Test and the act in order to establish the minimum composite score to be attained on the ACT assessment to qualify a student for graduation and for college and career readiness
  • Provides for funding for the cost of administering the ACT to students in grade 11 as required by the state accountability model
  • Provides that school districts may use successful passage of an equivalent alternative assessment in lieu of the required minimum composite score on the ACT as a condition of graduation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 821 – Charter schools; authorize open enrollment throughout state. 

  • Would authorize students residing in a “D” or “F” school districts to seek enrollment in a charter school that is geographically located in another school district
  • Requires unspent government funds to revert to those district in which students attending a charter school reside if the charter school closes
  • Requires charter schools to certify to each local school district in which students enrolled in the charter school reside the number of charter school students residing in that district
  • Would revise the manner by which the State Department of Education determines the amount of adequate education program funds which is to be paid to a charter school reflect that a charter school’s students may reside in school district other than that in which the charter school is located
  • And would require each school district in which charter school students reside to make local contribution payments to the charter school
  • Revises the formula for calculating a charter school’s local contribution to the adequate education program to reflect that the charter school’s students may reside in school districts other than that in which the charter school is located
  • Would require each school district in which students enrolled in a charter school reside to make ad valorem tax receipts payments to the charter school

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 825 – School superintendents; require referendum on changing to appointed in districts currently electing.

  • Require all school districts in which the superintendent is elected to hold an election in November 14 on the question of changing from the elective to the appointive method of selecting the school district superintendent

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Failed
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Died on Calendar

HB 831 – MS Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship; include children eligible for enrollment in kindergarten as eligible recipients of. 

  • Amends section 37-175-5 to include students eligible for enrollment in kindergarten as eligible recipients of a Mississippi Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship
  • Also amends section 37-175-1 to revise the definition of certain times used to determine the eligibility ruling necessary for receipt of a Mississippi Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship  

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

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

HB 833 – Starkville Consolidated School District; revise certain provisions of consolidation timetable.

  • Would clarify the procedure for the selection of the new  Starkville Consolidated School District Board of Trustees
  • Directs the Attorney General to represent the two districts in their respective desegregation cases to obtain approval from the federal court for the new consolidated district
  • Also would clarify that the county board of supervisors shall provide administrative offices for the new Starkville Consolidated School District

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014, and shall stand repealed on June 30, 2014

  • Referred to Education to Ways and Means
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Ways and Means
  • Passed Full Ways and Means Committee with Committee Substitute to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Barker, Smith (39th)
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Wiggins, Jolly
  • (H) Died In Conference

HB 834 – School district administrative consolidation; require in Holmes County.

  • Establishes a commission on Holmes-Durant Consolidated School District Structure to make recommendations to the 2015 regular session of the legislature regarding the method for consolidating the county into one school district with one local school board
  • Provides that in Holmes County there shall be an administrative consolidation of the Holmes County School District and the Durant Public School district into one school district to be designated as Holmes-Durant Consolidated School District
  • Would authorize and direct the State Board of Education to develop and promulgate a consolidation order for the school districts in the county under certain standards
  • Provides for the selection of the new Board of Trustees of the Holmes-Durant Consolidated 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 boards 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 in the new school district and to provide for 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

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Point of Order Raised
  • Set Aside-Pending Ruling of Chair
  • Point of Order-Not Well Taken
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Failed
  • Held on Motion to Reconsider
  • Reconsidered
  • Amendment Defeated on Reconsider
  • Failed

HB 930 – MAEP increase amount Pledged for security for State Aid Capitol Improvement Bonds to $195.00 per pupil.

  • Reenact’s and amend the provision of law authorizing school districts to issue sate aid capital improvement bonds secured by a continuing annual pledge of any MAEP funds available to the school district, which was repealed by operation of law on June 30, 1998
  • Provides that the bonds issued in the reenacted provision shall not exceed $195.00 per pupil based on the latest completed average daily attendance count certified by the State Department of Education
  • Prescribes the purposes for which the bonds may be issued
  • Also prescribes the conditions under which the State Board of Education shall approve any capital expenditure plan for pledge of funds
  • Authorize school districts to repay the bonds issued with funds received by the district from the state
  • Also authorizes the school district to irrevocably pledge certain revenue as security for bonds issued under this act
  • Provides for the repeal of this reenacted provision on June 30, 2020

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014 

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

HB 973 – 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 Funds” as special funds in the state treasury
  • Provides for the funds administration

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Died in Committee

HB 974 – Transportation of students; authorize school boards to authorize use of providing alternative to school bus for certain agriculture related events. 

  • Amends section 37-41-27 to include events of Future Farmers of America or 4-H Clubs among types of events for which local school boards may permit the use of public school buses for the transportation of participating students
  • Authorizes school boards to allow the use of motor vehicles other than school buses when the transportation is for trips to and from school sites or agricultural education sites or for trips to and from agricultural education-related events or competitions
  • Prescribes conditions which must be adhered to when the authorized transportation of students is provided in a vehicle other than a school bus that is property of a school district or charter school
  • Authorized local school board s to permit the transportation of students in privately owned motor vehicles on a case-by-case basis only in certain circumstances
  • Provides immunity for tort liability to school board employees acting within the scope of their employment, who provided approved transportation of students in privately owned vehicles 

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Holloway, Eaton
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Jolly, Hale
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 1132 – State Department of Education; require to sanction certain districts for failure to timely submit mandatory annual reports. 

  • Establishes the date by which school districts having an alternative school program are required to submit annual evaluation reports to the State Department of Education
  • Authorizes the Department to prescribe appropriate measures for those districts failing to submit reports in a timely manner
  • Would require reports to be made available online via the department’s website

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Moore, Clarke, Holloway
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Jordan, Hale
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HB 1415 – Adequate education program; revise method of calculating allocations to districts and adjustment for at-risk students.

  • Clarifies the method by which the State Department of Education calculates allocations to school districts under the Mississippi Adequate Education and revises the adjustment to the base student cost for at-risk students
  • Requires the State Board of Education to adopt additional rules and regulation relating to at-risk funding and establishing an auditable and weighted formula for determining at-risk funding allocations

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Died in Committee

HB 1476 – Appropriations; Education, Department of.

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014.

  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • House Conferees: Frierson, Moore, Barker
  • Senate Conferees: Clarke, Burton, Carmichael
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Recommitted for Further Conference
  • (H) Recommitted for Further Conference
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Recommitted for Further Conference
  • (S) Recommitted  for Further Conference
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

     

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