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2014 Senate 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 (10:15 a.m.)

SB 2090 – Payroll date for school district employees; authorize semimonthly payroll in discretion of local school board.

  • Would authorize school districts to process a semimonthly or monthly payroll for employees, in the discretion of the local school board

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

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Returned for Enrolling
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

SB 2091 – Mississippi Adequate Education Program; phase out hold harmless provision.

  • Phases out the hold harmless provision in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program
  • Phase out over a four-year period
  • 2015 reduce percentage amount to 6%
  • 2016 reduce percentage amount to 4%
  • 2017 reduce percentage amount to 2% 

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

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Declined to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Burton, Carmichael
  • House Conferees: Moore, DeBar, Frierson
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor 

SB 2092 – Dyslexia therapy scholarship program for students with dyslexia; revise definitions.

  • Would revise the definitions of “Dyslexia Therapy” and “Dyslexia Therapist” for purposes of the scholarship program for students with dyslexia
  • Requires screening for the program in either spring of the student’s kindergarten year or in the Fall of the student’s first grade year and prescribes the credentials of speech-language pathologist who may conduct dyslexia evaluations in the 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

SB 2159 – Agricultural high schools; transfer Hinds Agricultural High School to Hinds County School District.

  • Provides that from and after July 1, 2014, the Hinds Agricultural High School shall be discounted with the real property to become the property of the Hinds County Community College District and the personal property to be distributed as determined by the appropriate boards of trustees
  • Would also provide for student diplomas

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Amended
  • Passed as Amended
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Hopson, Hill
  • House Conferees: Moore, Barker, Guice
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

SB 2166- Local school superintendents; all appointed after January 1, 2016, except pursuant to referendum.

  • Provides for the appointment of all superintendents of schools from and after January 1, 2016
  • Authorizes a referendum on the question of retaining the office of elected county superintendent of education in counties pursuant to petition prior to January 1, 2015
  • Repeals effective January 1, 2015 several code sections, which would provide for changing the position of county superintendent of education to an appointed office pursuant to petition and referendum
  • Provides for the reestablishment of the office as an elective office, authorize the appointment of the county superintendent of education in certain counties
  • Provides for the selection and qualifications of elected superintendents in certain counties
  • Provides for the filling of vacancies in the office of elected county superintendent of education
  • Would also repeal section 37-9-12, which provides for a referendum on the question of retaining the elective method of choosing the county superintendent of education

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

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

SB 2195 – School nurses; authorize to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to students.

  • Requires public school districts to adopt a policy authorizing a school nurse or trained school employee to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to a student who is having an anaphylactic reaction
  • Requires that at least one employee at each school receive training from a registered nurse or a licensed medical physician in the administration of auto-injectable epinephrine
  • Authorizes schools to maintain a supply of auto-injectable epinephrine at the school in secure location
  • Would authorize physicians to prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of the school system or the individual school to be maintained for use as provided in this act

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

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

SB 2288 – School board elections in certain municipal school districts; provide uniform procedure for nominating petition.

  • Provides a uniform procedure for nominating petitions and a uniform number of signatures on said petitions of nomination to run for the elected office of board of trustees of certain municipal school districts

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 Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Returned for Enrolling
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved Governor

SB 2306 – School Resource Officer qualifications; require standard training program.

  • Provides that the school resource officer qualifications to require that all school resource officers complete a uniform statewide training prior to being permitted to serve in a school

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Died on Calendar

SB 2325 – The Equal Opportunity for all students 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 (IEFS)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 the legislature to appropriate sufficient funds from the state general fund to the individualized education funds
  • Would also require each student’s IEF to be funded at an amount equivalent to the MAEO base student cost plus the proportionate share of funds for categorical aid programs
  • Stipulates the obligations of parents or 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
  • Provides 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 July 1, 2014

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee
  • Amended
  • Motion to Recommit Lost
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Appropriations Committee to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Died on Calendar

SB 2448 – School district consolidation; require in Leflore County and Greenwood.

  • Provides that in the Leflore County and Greenwood Municipal Separate School Districts there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Greenwood Leflore School District, which shall be a countywide school district effective July 1, 2015
  • Would provide for the composition of the board of education of the new Greenwood Leflore School District
  • Directs the State Board of Education to administratively consolidate any school district which does no voluntarily follow the consolidation order
  • Abolishes the former school districts 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 budget in the new school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation
  • Would also provide 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
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Smith
  • House Conferees: Moore, Barker, Guice
  • Died in Conference

SB 2549 – Public school accountability designations; clarify assignment of.

  • Clarifies the determination of public school A-F designation in cases where grades and subjects taught do not have statewide standardized assessments
  • Prescribes the notice required for a declaration of a state of emergency in a school district

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

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

SB 2570 – Teaching Fellows Scholarship Program; established under State Board of Education and phase out Critical Teacher Shortage Scholarships.

  • Establishes the Teaching Fellows Program to provide four-year scholarships to qualified students declaring and intention to teach in Mississippi
  • Provides that the scholarship program shall be administered by the State Board of Education
  • Provides for eligibility, employment requirements and liability for failure to complete the program
  • Establishes a revolving fund to be used for the scholarship loans
  • Phases out the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act Scholarship Program as students enter the Teaching Fellows Program
  • Repeals the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Scholarship Program effective July 1, 2020

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

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended to Appropriations
  • Passed Full Appropriations Committee As Amended to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Hopson, Polk
  • House Conferees: Moore, DeBar, Clarke
  • (S) Died in Conference

SB 2571 – Administration of public school districts; make certain technical amendments.

  • Clarifies the length of the school day and the determination of student age for purposes of the compulsory school attendance law
  • Provides that student records may be stored digitally
  • Would revise the birthday cut-off date for enrollment of children in public schools
  • Would clarify eligible courses for dual enrollment programs for high school and postsecondary credit
  • Clarifies procedures for the expenditure of classroom supply funds school districts and teachers

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amendment Failed
  • Passed Full House
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Returned for Enrolling
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

SB 2572 – Literacy based promotion program; State Department of Education conduct pilot program in one or more “C” level school districts.

  • Authorizes and directs the State Department of Education to conduct a reading intervention pilot program in one or more “C” level school districts

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate as Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Declined to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Burton, Wiggins
  • House Conferees: Moore, Busby, Clarke
  • (S) Conference Report Filed
  • (H) Conference Report Filed
  • (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor 

SB 2575 – Teacher licensure; revise requirements for teacher candidates applying for licensure under alternative route.

  • Revise the GPA or PRAXIS II testing requirements for teacher candidates applying for standard licensure under the alternate route

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

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

SB 2577 – Failing schools and school districts; establish an “Achievement School District” within the State Department of Education.

  • Establishes an “Achievement School District” as an organizational unit of the State Department of Education to operate and manage certain schools or school districts which have been rated as failing for three consecutive years
  • Provides that the Achievement School District shall be under the supervision of a Deputy State Superintendent of Education and the State Board of Education and to provide for the selection of the Deputy Superintendent
  • Empowers the Deputy Superintendent and the State Board of Education to manage or contract for the management of such schools or school districts for a term not to exceeding five years
  • Provides that the State Board of Education may revoke or suspend the license of a superintendent or principal serving a school district that has been placed in state conservatorship
  • Would also provide that a licensed employee in a conservator school district whose employment has been terminated for good cause shall not have the right to request a hearing before the local school board or the State Board of Education

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

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

SB 2594 – “Mississippi Student Safety Act”; prevent certain student restraint and seclusion procedures in schools.

  • Creates the “Mississippi Student Safety Act” to prevent and reduce the use of certain student restraint and seclusion procedures in public and private schools
  • Provides definitions, to provide minimum standards to prohibit school personnel from certain actions
  • Provides for use of exclusion time-out
  • Provides for a state plan and to provide reporting requirements

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

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Died on Calendar

SB 2615 – Prekindergarten programs; establish Early Childhood Services Interagency Coordinating Council.

  • Establishes an Early Childhood Services Interagency Coordinating Council to coordinate prekindergarten services and to prescribe the powers and duties of the council

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

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

SB 2616 – School district consolidation; require in Claiborne County and Jefferson County.

  • Provides that in the Claiborne County and Jefferson County School Districts there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Claiborne-Jefferson consolidated school district, which shall be a line consolidated school district effective July 1, 2015
  • Provides for the composition of the Board of Trustees of the new Claiborne-Jefferson 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 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 budget in the new school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation
  • To provide 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
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee
  • Died on Calendar

SB 2620 – School district consolidation; require in Carroll County/Montgomery County/Winona.

  • Provides that in the Montgomery County and Winona Municipal Separate School Districts there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Montgomery-Winona School District effective July 1, 2016
  • Provides for the composition of the Board of Education of the new Montgomery-Winona 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 the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Also provides for execution of teacher and 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
  • Would provide 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
  • Passed Full Senate Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House as Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Reconsidered
  • Amended
  • Passed as Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Carmichael
  • House Conferees: Moore, Barker, Guice
  • (S) Died in Conference

SB 2818 – Starkville Consolidated School District; technical amendments to consolidation timetable.

  • Amends codes relating to the establishment of the Starkville Consolidated School District, to prescribe the powers and responsibilities of the conservator of the Oktibbeha County School District, to clarify the procedure for the selection of the new Starkville Consolidated School District Board of Trustees
  • Authorizes and directs the conservator of the Oktibbeha County School District to issue short-term notes to fund initial repairs and improvements to certain elementary schools and increase capacity for the consolidation
  • To authorize the conservator of the Oktibbeha County School District to issue school bonds to upgrade certain county school facilities subject to reverse referendum on the bond issue
  • Authorizes the Board of Trustees of the Starkville Consolidated School District to issue school bonds in the new district on reverse referendum basis and to increase the debt limit cap on assessed valuation for such bonds
  • 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
  • Clarifies 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 from and after June 30, 2014

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