Education

2019 Regular Session

Education

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 150
Good Policy
Mississippi Dyslexia Forgivable Loan Program; clarify type of service committee to qualify for. Alive
Analysis: This amended version amends 37-106-57 instead of 37-106-71 which was amended in the original bill. The bill is amended to read, "Awards granted under the William F. Winter Teacher Forgivable Loan Program shall be made available to nontraditional licensed teachers showing a documented need for student loan repayment and employed in those school districts designated by the State Board of Education as a geographical area of the state or in a subject area of the curriculum in which there is a critical shortage of teachers. Repayment and conversion terms shall be the same as outlined in Section 37-106-53 except that the maximum annual amount of this repayment should not exceed Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) and the maximum time period for repayment shall be no more than four (4) years."
HB 572
Good Policy
Educator use of personal leave; authorize use of by employees on certain days in the event of death or funeral of an immediate family member. Alive
Analysis: This bill allows school employees to use personal leave without penalty in the event of the death of an immediate family member. The law expands the time that can be taken for person leave to the first day of the school term, the last day of the school term, and on a day previous to a holiday or a day after a holiday.
HB 576
Neutral
State and School Health Insurance Management Board; authorize State Superintendent of Public Education to designate individual to serve on. Alive
Analysis: This bill expands the power of the the State Superintendent of Public Education and the Commissioner of Insurance by allowing them to designate individuals in their place to the State and School Employees Health Insurance Management Board. The state should seek to streamline regulations not overwhelm regulators.
HB 578
Neutral
Teacher and administrator licenses; clarify grounds for disciplinary action and reinstatement. Alive
Analysis: This bill changes how the State Board of Education is run and how hearings for revoking licenses are to be administered.
HB 623
Good Policy
School districts; exempt those with 'A' and 'B' accountability ratings from certain duties. Dead
Analysis: This bill reduces regulations for school districts that have A or B ratings. The State should seek to streamline regulations whenever possible.
HB 654
Good Policy
County school board trustees; require runoff election if no candidate receives majority of votes cast. Alive
Analysis: This bill provides regulations for holding a runoff election if no candidate for the county board of education wins a majority.
HB 688
Good Policy
Districts of Innovations; require SDE to recognize use of Cambridge Assessment or other nationally recognized assessment for purposes of school accountability designations. Dead
Analysis: This bill relaxes school regulations by allowing schools within districts of innovation to be graded by the Cambridge Assessment or other nationally recognized assessment standards in lieu of the Mississippi Assessment Program or the State Subject Area Testing Program. This decreases the regulatory burden on the State.
HB 689
Good Policy
MS School for the Deaf; authorize creation of nonprofit entity for fundraising activities. Dead
Analysis: This bill allows for the State to create a nonprofit organization for the purpose of collecting donations for the Mississippi School for the Deaf. Voluntary contributions could decrease the tax burden on the residents of this State.
HB 1074
Bad Policy
School district superintendents; clarify duty to submit reports of unlawful activity to SDE as well as law enforcement. Dead
Analysis: This bill clarifies that any public school employee who sees an illegal activity must report it to the State Department of Education in addition to the police. The SDE should focus on improving education and leave discipline to law enforcement and local school districts.
HB 1116
Good Policy
School enrollment; allow for children with documentation of a parent's pending military relocation to the state. Dead
Analysis: This bill eases regulations by more easily allowing students of active duty military personnel to use their parents pending address for school registration.
HB 1151
Good Policy
'Critical Needs Teacher Forgivable loan Program'; delete automatic repealer on and other applicable provisions. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to attract teachers to poor areas of the state by deleting the repealer on canceling their student loans.
HB 1182
Neutral
Corporal punishment; prohibit use of in public schools to discipline a student with a disability. Alive
Analysis:
HB 1283
Bad Policy
The 'Mississippi School Safety Act of 2019'; enact. Alive
Analysis: This bill mandates that schools train for the possible event of a school shooter, creates a pilot program to teach children how to manage stress, and makes 3 people monitor social media for potential threats through Homeland Security.
HB 1322
Bad Policy
Eye examinations; require SBE to recommend for first grade students whose initial screening indicates need for comprehensive. Alive
Analysis: The purpose of this bill is to force all children to see an eye doctor unless the parents request the person in charge of the school to opt out. The state should reduce costly regulatory burdens on healthcare, not create additional costs on parents or insurance providers.
HB 1392
Neutral
School athletics and extracurricular activities; require SBE to review and recommend revisions for administration of for public schools. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to reform the state oversight of public school sports. This bill will create a committee to review and create a not-for-profit profit corporation that will not be mandatory to be a member of and will not prohibit member schools from competing against nonmember schools.
HB 1400
Good Policy
School transportation; authorize motor vehicles other than buses for small groups of students traveling to school activities. Dead
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SB 2021
Not Rated
Teacher certification; provide exemption for qualification for licensure to certain individuals. Dead
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SB 2027
Not Rated
School Safety Grant Program under State Department of Education; authorize specific funding of School Resource Officers. Dead
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SB 2028
Not Rated
School bus safety regulations; prohibit student pick-up prior to 7:00 a.m. during the dark periods of October and March. Dead
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SB 2029
Good Policy
Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship Program; prescribe standards for participation. Dead
Analysis: This bill expands the Dyslexia Scholarship program by providing more educational options for parents of children with dyslexia.
SB 2033
Not Rated
Civics portion of Naturalization Test; require passing score for high school graduates and GED applicants. Dead
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SB 2034
Not Rated
Local school boards; prescribe educational qualifications. Dead
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SB 2036
Not Rated
Local school board members; prescribe salary scale based upon school district student enrollment. Dead
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SB 2041
Not Rated
Salary supplements for Master Teachers who teach in the Mississippi Delta; add certain counties. Dead
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SB 2044
Not Rated
Sunscreen; permit student to carry and use sunscreen at school and provide immunity. Dead
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SB 2050
Good Policy
School enrollment; allow for children with documentation of a parent's pending military relocation to the state. Alive
Analysis: This bill eases regulations by more easily allowing students of active duty military personnel to use their parents pending address for school registration.
SB 2055
Not Rated
High-performance school districts; authorize local school boards to operate under same rules as charter schools. Dead
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SB 2063
Not Rated
Adequate education program appropriation and local school district budgets to identify program funding categories; require. Dead
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SB 2068
Not Rated
Uniform election of all school board members; require on a phased-in basis. Dead
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SB 2075
Not Rated
Common Core National Education Standards; State Board of Education shall replace with ELA Standards in 2019-2020 school year. Dead
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SB 2084
Not Rated
Teachers' and assistant teachers' salaries; provide for $2,000.00 increase beginning with the 2019-2020 term. Dead
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SB 2092
Good Policy
Natchez-Adams Special Municipal Separate School District; elect members of school board. Dead
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SB 2093
Good Policy
Mississippi Education Savings Scholarship Accounts Program; establish. Dead
Analysis: This bill expands educational freedom options for parents
SB 2098
Not Rated
Common Core educational standards; parents can opt out. Dead
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SB 2102
Not Rated
School board members; elected in all districts. Dead
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SB 2103
Not Rated
'Pay for Success Contracts Act'; authorize DFA and public school districts to only pay providers when results are successful. Dead
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SB 2111
Not Rated
Kindergarten-age children; require compulsory school attendance for all. Dead
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SB 2112
Not Rated
Charter schools for special needs students; may be approved without approval of local school board. Dead
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SB 2119
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; require school districts to notify of nonreemployment within 10 days after adoption of budget. Dead
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SB 2126
Not Rated
Adequate education program appropriation and local school district budgets to identify program funding categories; require. Dead
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SB 2129
Not Rated
Student transfer from school or school district which has lost accreditation; provide for mandatory transfer. Dead
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SB 2138
Not Rated
Provision of educational services to detained students while school is in session; clarify. Dead
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SB 2142
Not Rated
Kindergarten-age children; require compulsory school attendance for all. Dead
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SB 2146
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; increase salaries for. Dead
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SB 2160
Not Rated
Teachers' salary; implement a five-year phase-in to increase to the southeastern average. Dead
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SB 2165
Not Rated
'Mississippi Opportunity Scholarship Act of 2019'; establish. Dead
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SB 2167
Not Rated
Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS); parents may opt out. Dead
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SB 2172
Not Rated
State Board of Education; transfer powers and responsibilities to the Governor. Dead
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SB 2174
Not Rated
Unused leave accumulated by teacher who transfers to another school district; may be credited. Dead
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SB 2175
Not Rated
Carbon monoxide detectors in all public and nonpublic schools; require. Dead
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SB 2180
Not Rated
Payroll date for school district employees; authorize semimonthly payroll in discretion of local school board. Dead
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SB 2195
Not Rated
Daily planning period for classroom teachers; specify minimum planning time. Dead
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SB 2202
Not Rated
Posting child abuse hotline telephone number; require in schools in area accessible to students. Dead
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SB 2214
Not Rated
Outdoor Education and Recreation Grant Program for underserved students in public schools; establish in the State Dept. of Ed. Dead
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SB 2225
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; increase salaries for. Dead
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SB 2227
Not Rated
Teachers' salaries; provide for $2,500.00 increase beginning with the 2019-2020 term. Dead
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SB 2231
Not Rated
Standardized tests administered by school districts; impose statutory limit on number of. Dead
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SB 2244
Not Rated
Prohibit public schools from demeaning and threatening law enforcement officers; violating school not eligible for funding. Dead
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SB 2255
Not Rated
Vaccination required for school attendance; authorize exemption upon objection of parent on parental, philosophical or religious grounds. Dead
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SB 2300
Not Rated
Kindergarten-age children; require compulsory school attendance for all. Dead
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SB 2330
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; require school districts to notify of nonreemployment within 10 days after adopting budget. Dead
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SB 2361
Not Rated
Nonpublic schools accredited by certain agencies; authorize students to transfer course credit and grades. Dead
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SB 2380
Not Rated
School districts; pilot program requiring pupils to read a minimum of four books per school year. Dead
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SB 2381
Not Rated
College and Work Readiness Program between certain IHL universities and low-performing schools; establish. Dead
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SB 2386
Not Rated
Children at risk; establish the Motivating Parents and Children (MPAC) pilot program for school districts. Dead
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SB 2389
Not Rated
School-entry health examinations; require in all public schools. Dead
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SB 2398
Not Rated
Vaccinations; allow religious belief exemption from requirement for school attendance. Dead
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SB 2447
Bad Policy
Career and technical grants to schools for qualified students; provide for. Alive
Analysis: This bill expands the size of government by taking taxes and giving them to students studying for careers that the state deems appropriate. The State should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations on education.
SB 2448
Not Rated
National Board Certified Teachers; authorize additional supplement to those teaching in Holmes and Tallahatchie Counties. Dead
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SB 2449
Neutral
Education of students in juvenile detention facilities; define responsibility of home school district. Alive
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SB 2450
Not Rated
State and School Employees Health Insurance Management Board; State Supt. of Education may appoint a designee to attend meetings. Dead
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SB 2456
Not Rated
Ad valorem tax; exempt one vehicle per teacher in shortage areas, and discount tax on one vehicle per teacher in other areas. Dead
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SB 2460
Not Rated
Suspension of licensed school district employee for five days or less; no requirement for due process hearing by school district. Dead
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SB 2479
Not Rated
School Recognition Performance Incentive program nonrecurring salary supplements; local school superintendent shall approve. Dead
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SB 2481
Not Rated
Teacher shortage in Mississippi; establish Teacher Leadership Program and Teacher Credentialing and Retention Grant Program. Dead
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SB 2482
Neutral
Teacher and administrator licenses; clarify grounds for disciplinary action and reinstatement. Dead
Analysis: This bill edits how the State Board of Education is run and how hearings for revoking licenses are to be administered.
SB 2499
Not Rated
E-cigarettes; ban in schools. Dead
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SB 2502
Not Rated
Central reporting system for schools for data required by federal law; SDE to develop. Dead
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SB 2505
Bad Policy
Teacher Forgivable Loan Program; available to nontraditional licensed teachers under certain conditions. Dead
Analysis: This bill expands the scope of government by allowing for additional teachers to use the tax funded William F. Winter Teacher Forgivable Loan Program. This amounts to a taxpayer bailout. The State should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations on education, not pass the cost to taxpayers.
SB 2510
Not Rated
Requirements for standard high school diploma; discontinue subject area tests. Dead
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SB 2517
Not Rated
Average daily attendance for MAEP purposes; shall include any student sick day. Dead
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SB 2520
Not Rated
School Resource Officers; require uniform statewide training program. Dead
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SB 2521
Not Rated
Assistant teachers/reading instructors; require in each K-3 class. Dead
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SB 2531
Not Rated
Sixteenth Section School Land Principal Fund; authorize school districts to invest in Mississippi G.O. or municipal bonds. Dead
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SB 2559
Not Rated
Compulsory school attendance law; criminal penalties for parents who do not make their children available for registration. Dead
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SB 2560
Not Rated
Literacy-Based Promotion Act; require intensive reading instruction beginning with Kindergarten and First-Grade students. Dead
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SB 2565
Not Rated
Critical Teacher Shortage Area License; create alternative license to be issued for educators who teach in designated areas. Dead
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SB 2621
Not Rated
School district consolidation; require review after 3 years and allow reconstitution of old district if no improvement. Dead
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SB 2623
Not Rated
Prekindergarten programs; commit funding for. Dead
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SB 2625
Neutral
Mississippi School of the Arts; provide for administration and clarify employee hiring procedures. Alive
Analysis: This bill changes the regulatory structure of the Mississippi School of the Arts. Employees are no longer classified as State Service under the authority of the State Personnel Board. They become employees of the Mississippi School of the Arts. The bill clarifies that there shall be no interruption of service with the Public Employees' Retirement System and the State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan.
SB 2629
Not Rated
Critical Needs Teacher Scholarship Program; earmark minimum number of awards for teachers of advanced placement courses. Dead
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SB 2636
Not Rated
State Department of Education central reporting system to be used by school districts; require. Dead
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SB 2637
Not Rated
Education Employment Procedures Law; increase probationary period for newly hired certified employees on phased-in basis. Dead
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SB 2642
Not Rated
Mississippi Adequate Education Program; increase funding for at-risk pupils. Dead
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SB 2661
Not Rated
Income tax; school boards may certify early learning collaboratives as approved for purposes of the program support contribution credit. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2675
Neutral
Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program; extend repealer. Dead
Analysis: This bill extends the tax funded program of providing scholarships to disabled students. The state should seek to reduce costly taxes on school supplies and costly regulations.
SB 2685
Bad Policy
Comprehensive eye examination for students prior to enrollment; recommend. Dead
Analysis: This bill places a new regulation on public schools in the state. It requires parents to present proof of an eye exam for their child or request permission to not get an eye exam. While this is a laudable goal, this mandate will impose additional costs on families and schools.
SB 2734
Not Rated
Community schools planning grant program; establish fund. Dead
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SB 2735
Not Rated
Standardized tests administered by school districts; impose statutory limit on number of. Dead
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SB 2746
Not Rated
Rural Education Development Initiative (REDI); SBE develop accountability rating and support for rural schools. Dead
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SB 2748
Not Rated
Mississippi Civic Literacy act; enact. Dead
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SB 2756
Not Rated
Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program; administered by SDE in conjunction with any conforming loan. Dead
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SB 2761
Not Rated
Corporal punishment in public schools; prohibit for any student with an IEP or Section 504 plan. Dead
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SB 2768
Not Rated
Mandatory K-12 computer science curriculum; direct SBE to implement. Dead
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SB 2769
Not Rated
Alternative nicotine products; prohibit possession of by persons under 18 and possession by students on school property. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2770
Neutral
Teachers' salaries; provide for $1,500.00 increase. Alive
Analysis: This bill will result in either more taxes or a cuts in other services to pay for a teacher pay raise. A free market in education would result in better schools at cheaper prices with higher pay for teachers.
SB 2787
Not Rated
Sixteenth section school land; limit rent increases on residential and farm-residential land. Dead
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SB 2796
Not Rated
School transportation; authorize motor vehicles other than buses for small groups of students traveling to school activities. Dead
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SB 2820
Not Rated
Mississippi High School Activities Association; required to comply with Mississippi Open Meetings Law to receive public funds. Dead
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SB 2825
Not Rated
Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program; revise. Dead
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SB 2826
Not Rated
Education Scholarship Account (ESA) Program; revise certain limits. Dead
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SB 2837
Not Rated
Sex offender registration; require homeless offenders to provide specific description of place of residence. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2838
Not Rated
Mississippi School Safety Act of 2019; enact. Dead
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SB 2842
Not Rated
Pre-kindergarten programs; revise funding limits and specify teaching standards. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2857
Not Rated
Automated school bus safety camera; require for all buses purchased after 2024. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2866
Good Policy
Districts of Innovation; require SDE to recognize use of Cambridge Assessment for purposes of accountability rating. Dead
Analysis: This bill relaxes school regulations by allowing schools within districts of innovation to be graded by the Cambridge Assessment or other nationally recognized assessment standards in lieu of the Mississippi Assessment Program or the State Subject Area Testing Program. This decreases the regulatory burden on the State.
SB 2890
Not Rated
Mid-year budget reductions; exempt MAEP funds. Dead
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SB 2891
Not Rated
Central reporting system for schools for data required by federal law; SDE to develop. Dead
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SB 2912
Not Rated
Homeschool students; authorize participation in extracurricular activities in public school. Dead
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SB 2919
Not Rated
Mississippi Speech-Language Therapy Scholarship Program; revise components of. Dead
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SB 2925
Not Rated
Voluntary physicians serving at public school athletic events; SBE implement program and provide tort immunity for physicians. Dead
Analysis:
SN 21
Carolyn Grice Willis, Greenwood, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term beginning February 20, 2019 and ending August 31, 2021, representing the 3rd Supreme Court District. Alive
Analysis:
SN 91
Whitney Holliday Lipscomb, Ridgeland, Mississippi, Educational Television Authority (Mississippi Public Broadcasting Board), term beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2023. Alive
Analysis:
SN 112
Richard Cullen (Ric) Sawyer, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Educational Television Authority as the Teacher or Principal of a Secondary School representative, four year term beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2023. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed