Education

2021 Regular Session

Education

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 20
Not Rated
School board members; authorize excused absences from board meeting in the event of family emergency. Dead
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HB 33
Not Rated
Dating violence; require school districts to adopt a policy and educate students on. Dead
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HB 35
Not Rated
Compulsory-school-age child; revise definition of by increasing required age to 18 years. Dead
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HB 51
Not Rated
School board members; establish annual salary based on student enrollment. Dead
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HB 52
Not Rated
Mississippi History and United States Government; require to be included in curriculum for all students in Grades 9-12. Dead
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HB 105
Not Rated
National board certified school nurses; remove cap on number of eligible for annual salary supplement. Dead
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HB 110
Not Rated
Computer science; require to be taught in all public schools. Dead
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HB 114
Not Rated
Districts of Innovations; require SDE to recognize use of Cambridge Assessment or other nationally recognized assessment for accountability ratings. Dead
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HB 135
Neutral
MS Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998; extend repealer on. Alive
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts government.
HB 143
Not Rated
Abstinence and sex-related education; extend repelaer on public school requirements for. Dead
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HB 161
Not Rated
Critical Needs Teacher Forgivable Loan Program; extend repealer on. Dead
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HB 165
Not Rated
Wireless learning environments; require school districts to develop and implement within two years. Dead
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HB 166
Not Rated
Mississippi Statewide Assessment System; remove criminal penalties and establish maximum time educator's license may be suspended or revoked. Dead
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HB 167
Not Rated
School district efficiency; conduct feasibility study on the administration of. Dead
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HB 168
Not Rated
School districts; provide strategy to promote holistic educational efficiency and opportunities for all students. Dead
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HB 169
Not Rated
Appropriation; MDE to assist parents in paying school districts for cost of lost/damaged electronic devices assigned to students. Dead
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HB 170
Not Rated
Teachers; revise duties and responsibilities relating to student assessment and achievement before promotion. Dead
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HB 193
Not Rated
Missing children; require compilation of by Department of Education and day care facilities. Dead
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HB 228
Not Rated
Appropriation; Holmes County Consolidated School District for expenses of consolidation. Dead
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HB 238
Not Rated
'Mississippi Universal Prekindergarten Program Act of 2021'; enact. Dead
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HB 256
Not Rated
School curriculum; require comprehensive Mississippi History course for public school students in Grade 9. Dead
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HB 257
Not Rated
MAEP; define 'at-risk pupil' and include a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Dead
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HB 259
Not Rated
Trimester School Year Pilot Program; establish. Dead
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HB 260
Not Rated
School social workers and psychologists; authorize districts to employ and receive partial state reimbursement for salaries of. Dead
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HB 261
Not Rated
MAEP; increase adjustment to base student cost for at-risk students. Dead
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HB 270
Not Rated
Compulsory school attendance; revise to remove certain excused absences. Dead
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HB 276
Not Rated
The Digital Access Learning and Virtual Instruction Program Act of 2021; create. Dead
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HB 280
Not Rated
Statewide Assessment Program; require SBE to use ACT Aspire as summative assessment. Dead
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HB 281
Not Rated
End-of-course assessments; remove mandatory requirement of passing score as a condition of graduation. Dead
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HB 282
Not Rated
Statewide testing program; require the SBE to cease administration of for the 2020-2021 school year. Dead
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HB 283
Not Rated
End-of-course subject area tests; discontinue and require minimum score on the ACT for graduation. Dead
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HB 302
Good Policy
Community schools; authorize implementation under the administration of a District Innovation. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases community engagement in education.
HB 313
Not Rated
Student club funds; clarify use and accounting practices by school districts. Dead
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HB 314
Bad Policy
State Department of Education; permit to receive various contributions from public or private donors. Dead
Analysis: This bill decreases government accountability and transparency by authorizing private donors to dictate the manner in which donations are expended and/or utilized. This policy is in direct contradiction with the principle of representative government. Our elected officials are accountable to the voters. This bill creates an arrangement in which unaccountable private donors are given authority to determine education policy through stipulations on donations. (See lines 25 – 29)
HB 315
Not Rated
Gifted education; require school districts to provide for students in Grades 7 and 8. Dead
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HB 316
Not Rated
Kindergarten-age children; require mandatory attendance under compulsory school attendance laws. Dead
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HB 317
Not Rated
National board certification annual salary supplement; remove cap on number of nurses and speech-language pathologists eligible for. Dead
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HB 321
Not Rated
Student residency requirements; require State Board of Education to adopt uniform policy to be implemented by school boards. Dead
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HB 342
Not Rated
MAEP; determine cost of using average daily membership (ADM) in lieu of ADA. Dead
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HB 344
Not Rated
Nonlicensed teachers; authorize local school districts to employ certain number to fill core subject area positions. Dead
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HB 346
Not Rated
Prohibition against bullying in schools; revise definitions and include cyberbullying. Dead
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HB 361
Not Rated
MS Achievement School District; specify use of funds for the benefit of local school district of funds' origin. Dead
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HB 364
Not Rated
Schools in district transformation; prohibit mandatory consolidation if progressing toward termination of district transformation status. Dead
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HB 367
Not Rated
Statewide Assessment Program; require the SBE to use ACT as summative assessment. Dead
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HB 370
Bad Policy
Public purchasing laws; exempt purchase of nonadopted and adopted textbooks by MDE for nonpubilc schools. Dead
Analysis: This bill reduces government accountability and transparency by adding an additional category of expenditures to the existing list of expenditures exempted from public purchasing laws.
HB 371
Not Rated
Licensed school employees and administrators; suspend license for one year for breach of contract or abandonment of employment. Dead
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HB 383
Not Rated
National Board Certified teachers; provide additional annual salary supplement to those employed in Walthall County. Dead
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HB 384
Not Rated
School bus drivers; require to be first aid and CPR trained and certified. Dead
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HB 386
Not Rated
Boards of Education; require those in districts having a mayor-council form of government to be elected. Dead
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HB 392
Not Rated
Exceptional children; require school districts to develop policy for the discipline of. Dead
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HB 394
Not Rated
Scholastic year; increase number of days for schools with an accountability rating of 'D' or 'F.' Dead
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HB 397
Not Rated
Public schools; clarify authority of local law enforcement agencies to prevent and investigate crimes on property of. Dead
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HB 411
Not Rated
Irlen Syndrome; require screening for and districts to provide reasonable accommodations for students with. Dead
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HB 414
Not Rated
School transportation; authorize motor vehicles other than buses for small groups of students traveling to school activities. Dead
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HB 415
Not Rated
Compulsory School Attendance Law; rename as the 'Kindergarten Increases Diplomas (KIDs) Act,' and lower compulsory age to five years. Dead
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HB 416
Not Rated
Charter school payments; require school districts to pay local funds due on a monthly basis. Dead
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HB 417
Not Rated
National Board Certified teachers; include those employed in Hinds County as eligible for additional supplement. Dead
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HB 422
Not Rated
Corporal punishment; prohibit administration of in public and charter schools for disciplinary matters. Dead
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HB 426
Not Rated
'MS Educator Dyslexia Awareness Act of 2021'; enact to require certain instruction and training for license renewal. Dead
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HB 427
Bad Policy
'Trauma-Informed Discipline Practices Act; enact to establish procedures to assess and mediate effects of traumatic events in schools. Dead
Analysis: This bill reduces students' individual liberty and privacy and expands government authority. This bill removes the standard Code of Ethics for school counselor and essentially replaces it with nothing by which to actually gauge and verify the work of school counselors. This bill authorizes a pre-emptive team of school personnel to seek out students and coordinate with local mental health organizations. Regardless of the actual intent of this bill, the text of this bill is dangerous to all public-school students and their families.
HB 432
Not Rated
End-of-course tests; eliminate passing score as graduation requirement and exempt from accountability ratings for four years. Dead
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HB 433
Not Rated
Public and private schools; require all employees to annually receive flu vaccine. Dead
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HB 434
Not Rated
Public and private schools; require all employees to be tested annually for tuberculosis. Dead
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HB 437
Not Rated
Public and private schools; require proper hand washing materials in all restrooms. Dead
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HB 455
Not Rated
Teacher licensure; provide to certain individuals with a minimum of ten years experience in public school districts or certain nonpublic schools. Dead
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HB 456
Not Rated
English language learners; increase funding to districts with 20% or more enrolled student population comprised of. Dead
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HB 457
Not Rated
Mississippi English Language Learners Scholarship Program; create. Dead
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HB 458
Not Rated
English language learners; require waivers of accountability for districts with 25% of enrollment being. Dead
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HB 472
Not Rated
Teacher licensure; revise alternate route to allow certain individuals to receive. Dead
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HB 474
Not Rated
Home schooled students; authorize participation in therapy services available through local school district. Dead
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HB 475
Not Rated
School Immunization; authorize exemption from requirements for religous beliefs. Dead
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HB 487
Neutral
County and public libraries; repeal certain provisions related to. Alive
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HB 489
Not Rated
School athletic trainers; provide annual salary supplement for those acquiring national certification. Dead
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HB 501
Not Rated
Education waivers; provide for schools relative to the Statewide Testing Program; accountability ratings and Literacy-Based Promotion assessments. Dead
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HB 502
Not Rated
Assistant Teacher Forgivable Loan Program; revise to increase financial assistance to those pursuing teacher licensure. Dead
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HB 504
Neutral
Commission on School Accreditation; clarify membership composition. Alive
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HB 513
Not Rated
Nonpublic schools; authorize those accredited by a regional agency to use criminal background check procedures as public schools. Dead
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HB 515
Not Rated
Council on the Prevention of School Shootings; create to develop center in A.G.'s office to monitor online activity. Dead
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HB 522
Not Rated
Mental health screenings and assessments; require in all public schools. Dead
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HB 529
Not Rated
Accountability rating system; revise to provide for method of accommodating certain students with cognitive disabilities and dropouts. Dead
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HB 532
Not Rated
U.S. History end-of-course subject area test; remove requirement for the administration for purpose of graduation. Dead
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HB 540
Not Rated
State Department of Education; require to conduct sampling of material used on the U.S. History end-of-course assessment. Dead
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HB 541
Not Rated
Children of school employees; allow to attend school in district of parent's or legal guardian's employ. Dead
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HB 542
Not Rated
Online Career-track Program; authorize school districts to create and accept out-of-district students for enrollment in. Dead
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HB 559
Not Rated
Public schools; require toll-free number for reporting abuse and neglect to be posted in all. Dead
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HB 575
Not Rated
Teacher licensure; authorize SDE to issue Nontraditional Teaching Route - Standard License to certain individuals with advanced degrees. Dead
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HB 617
Not Rated
State Department of Education; develop central reporting system for school district data mandated by U.S. Department of Education. Dead
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HB 633
Neutral
Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to implement in K-12 public schools. Alive
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HB 656
Not Rated
School buses; require those purchased after July 1, 2021, to be equipped with seat belts. Dead
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HB 657
Not Rated
School buses; require those purchased after July 1, 2021, to be equipped with seat belts and provide opt out provision. Dead
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HB 662
Not Rated
Teachers' and teacher assistants' salaries; provide for $1,500.00 increase. Dead
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HB 665
Not Rated
School boards; require itemized report of central office expenditures to be included in notice for increase in ad valorem taxes. Dead
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HB 671
Not Rated
Lottery Proceeds Fund; provide that 10% shall be used by MDE for school improvements. Dead
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HB 672
Not Rated
Lottery Proceeds Fund; provide that 10% shall be used by MDE for the purposes of funding teacher pay raises. Dead
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HB 679
Not Rated
Teacher education program and licensure requirements; remove the option for a 21 ACT score (or SAT equivalent) for eligibility. Dead
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HB 682
Not Rated
School prayer; require school boards to designate a period of reflection for students at the beginning of each school day. Dead
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HB 694
Not Rated
Home rule improvement; enact for local school districts. Dead
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HB 701
Not Rated
Public school curriculum; require instruction in mental illness as part of Health Education. Dead
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HB 702
Neutral
Assistant teachers; require school districts to notify of nonreemployment within 10 days after adopting budget. Dead
Analysis: This bill conforms notice of non-reemployment requirements that already exist for teachers and administrators to include assistant teachers with a date consistent with budgeting for those positions.
HB 708
Not Rated
School districts; require each school to have epinephrine auto-injectors and AEDs in every building and cafeteria. Dead
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HB 709
Not Rated
AEDs; require at public schools and state institutions of higher learning and provide authority to lease. Dead
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HB 710
Not Rated
School districts; require all schools to have epinephrine auto-injectors in every building and cafeteria. Dead
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HB 720
Not Rated
Compulsory school age; revise definition to include children who attain the age of five years before September 1. Dead
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HB 732
Not Rated
Active shooter training; require school districts employees to attend every three years. Dead
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HB 736
Not Rated
Family dynamics; include in public school curriculum as a required component. Dead
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HB 739
Not Rated
Statewide testing program; require tests to be translated and printed into primary spoken language of ELL students. Dead
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HB 754
Neutral
Dyslexia education; revise provisions for determining student eligibility for IEP or 504 Plan. Alive
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HB 756
Not Rated
Teacher and administrator license; deny or revoke for those who physically abuse a student. Dead
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HB 757
Not Rated
Video surveillance cameras; require in certain areas of school facilities for protection of exceptional children. Dead
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HB 759
Not Rated
Child abuse hotline; require schools to post in clearly visible location. Dead
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HB 760
Not Rated
Corporal punishment; require school districts that allow to adopt a policy allowing parents to opt in. Dead
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HB 766
Not Rated
Children of school employees; allow to attend school in district of parent's or legal guardian's employment. Dead
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HB 771
Not Rated
School boards; elect members at presidential election for 4-year term. Dead
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HB 772
Not Rated
Critical Teacher Shortage Program; require State Board of Education to categorize shortages by school attendance zones within school districts. Dead
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HB 789
Not Rated
School buses; require 20% of those purchased after July 1, 2021, to be equipped with seat belts. Dead
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HB 801
Not Rated
Special education funds; require separate appropriation to the State Board of Education for. Dead
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HB 805
Not Rated
Sex education; require SDE and Department of Health to develop list of approved curricula to be used in schools and revise every five years. Dead
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HB 831
Not Rated
Educator and administrator misconduct; clarify provisions for disciplinary matters and administrative procedures and appeals. Dead
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HB 850
Not Rated
Career and technical education; establish accountability system and evaluate performance of State Superintendent of Education. Dead
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HB 851
Not Rated
Charter schools; revise certain provisions of. Dead
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HB 852
Neutral
Teachers' and teacher's assistants' salaries; provide increase to minimum salary. Alive
Analysis:
HB 853
Good Policy
Charter schools; revise deadlines for certain reporting requirements and to allow certain teacher units to those in first year of operation. Dead
Analysis: This bill conforms reporting requirements which will increase efficiency and possibly effectiveness. In addition, this allocates one teacher unit for Gifted and Special Education per school upon initial operation which ensures equal access to public resources in this regard.
HB 855
Not Rated
Nonlicensed teachers; authorize local school districts to employ certain number to fill core subject area positions. Dead
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HB 856
Not Rated
Teacher licensure; authorize issuance to certain individuals with foreign certification on reciprocity with documentation. Dead
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HB 857
Not Rated
Active shooter training; require school district employees to attend every three years. Dead
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HB 859
Not Rated
High school curriculum; require SBE to develop for instruction in civics and home economics. Dead
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HB 860
Not Rated
African-American Studies and Racial Diversity; require SDE to develop curriculum for implementation in public high school. Dead
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HB 865
Not Rated
Student absenteeism; excuse those related to a student's disability. Dead
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HB 866
Not Rated
At risk funds; require maximum flexibility to school districts in use of and accounting for. Dead
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HB 878
Not Rated
MS Teachers' Salaries Task Force; create to recommend how state can pay teachers at southeastern average. Dead
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HB 879
Not Rated
Education Employment Procedures Law; include assistant teachers under. Dead
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HB 881
Not Rated
Vocational and home economics; require curriculum for all middle, high and alternative school students. Dead
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HB 893
Not Rated
Comprehensive School Health Education Program; include additional components in and require school nurse to teach. Dead
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HB 924
Not Rated
Public purchasing law; revise to provide that reverse auction shall be used by certain schools and districts. Dead
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HB 925
Not Rated
School buildings; require new construction and certain renovations to include refillable water bottle stations. Dead
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HB 948
Not Rated
School Resource Officers; revise MCOPS grant program to require attendance at any accredited law enforcement academy. Dead
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HB 950
Not Rated
School prayer; require school boards to designate a period for recitation of the 'Lord's Prayer' at the beginning of each school day. Dead
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HB 958
Not Rated
Home economics; require to be taught in 'D' and 'F' rated school districts. Dead
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HB 960
Not Rated
School attendance officers; require to visit homes of certain children within 72 hours of unexcused absence. Dead
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HB 962
Not Rated
Homework; require teachers to incorporate daily and weekly assignments into their curriculum. Dead
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HB 966
Not Rated
Mathematics and science instruction; enhance through new programs in middle schools. Dead
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HB 969
Not Rated
The 'Tim Tebow Act'; enact to authorize home-schooled student to participate in public school extracurricular activities. Dead
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HB 980
Not Rated
Summer Youth Training Employment Program; authorize school districts to establish. Dead
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HB 981
Not Rated
Assistant Teacher Salary Waiver Grant Program; establish to authorize agreements between assistant teachers and school districts for cost of teacher preparation program. Dead
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HB 986
Not Rated
Elementary professional school counselors; allocate funds under Mississippi Adequate Education Program for. Dead
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HB 988
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; provide annual salary supplement in C, D and F school districts. Dead
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HB 990
Not Rated
School districts; require certain policies and alternative curriculum if accountability rating at three lowest levels. Dead
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HB 991
Not Rated
School Recognition Program; restrict awards to teachers and licensed staff and require SBE to adopt rules for administration. Dead
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HB 1022
Not Rated
Compulsory school attendance; require youth court petition after third unlawful absence and authorize community service for violations. Dead
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HB 1023
Not Rated
Eleventh Grade students; require to take GED or High School Equivalency Test for senior early-release privilege eligibility. Dead
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HB 1024
Not Rated
First grade enrollment; allow child who turns six on or before December 31 to start at beginning of that school year. Dead
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HB 1025
Not Rated
State Board of Education; require to develop curriculum and implement programs of conflict resolution. Dead
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HB 1027
Not Rated
School attendance; require for children unable to score a 21 or higher on the ACT until the child reaches 18 years of age. Dead
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HB 1035
Not Rated
Virtual public schools; create pilot program for districts to create and accept out of district students for enrollment. Dead
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HB 1047
Neutral
Nationally certified licensed school employees; delete caps on nurses and speech pathologists and add athletic trainers for salary supplements. Alive
Analysis: This bill enables salary incentives for increased education and training attainment by certain individuals employed in our public schools. Government should work to find innovative spending policies focused on performance.
HB 1052
Not Rated
Statewide assessment program; discontinue all standardized tests except for single test in Grades 3, 8 and 11. Dead
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HB 1053
Not Rated
Teacher licensure; establish alternative routes to five-year license due to critical teacher shortage. Dead
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HB 1068
Not Rated
School recognition program; bring forward. Dead
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HB 1071
Not Rated
School curriculum; require teaching of certain high school subjects in 'C', 'D' and 'F' rated districts. Dead
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HB 1072
Not Rated
Teacher salaries; authorize supplement for teachers in critical shortage subject areas in D and F districts. Dead
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HB 1101
Not Rated
School boards powers and duties; expand to require boards to exercise all reasonable efforts to ensure 16th section land lessees pay taxes on leased lands. Dead
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HB 1115
Not Rated
Average daily attendance; dispense with calculating for 2021-2022 school year and use ADA from 2020-2021 school year. Dead
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HB 1117
Not Rated
Statewide educational assessments; lower minimum passing score on certain tests for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Dead
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HB 1120
Not Rated
High school curriculum; implement instruction in traditional vocational agricultural and forestry education, civics and home economics. Dead
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HB 1123
Bad Policy
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise funding and specify teaching standards. Alive
Analysis: This bill increases government spending. A child's education, especially small children in their early stages of learning, is first and foremost the responsibility of parents. Expanding “Early Learning” is not fiscally responsible at this time. Furthermore, government should work to encourage family cohesion and parental responsibility not continually expand programs that provide safety nets for individuals’ choices.
HB 1125
Not Rated
Schools; provide for mental health services providers and trauma informed training. Dead
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HB 1126
Not Rated
Keep Our Kids on Track Act of 2021; create. Dead
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HB 1127
Not Rated
School attendance officers; require to receive training on IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Dead
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HB 1128
Not Rated
Habitually disruptive student; require to be evaluated for disability under IDEA after second incident of disruptive behavior. Dead
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HB 1133
Not Rated
CTE students; provide tuition-free instruction and increased financial assistance for industry certification assessment. Dead
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HB 1151
Not Rated
School enrollment; authorize child transferred to out of school district to remain enrolled after parent's retirement from that school. Dead
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HB 1161
Not Rated
Mississippi Law Enforcement Interaction Course Act; enact for implementation in public school curriculum. Dead
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HB 1178
Not Rated
MAEP; determine cost of using Average Daily Membership (ADM) in lieu of ADA with 90% threshold attendance trigger. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1179
Neutral
William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program; create. Alive
Analysis: This bill attempts to consolidate and streamline Mississippi's education repayment programs.
HB 1185
Not Rated
Civics; require State Board of Education to develop curriculum for public middle and high school students. Dead
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HB 1187
Not Rated
Habitually disruptive students; require to be evaluated for disability under IDEA after second incident of disruptive behavior. Dead
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HB 1214
Not Rated
Charter schools; reconstitute authorizer board and require formula to ensure equitable distribution of local funds. Dead
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HB 1243
Not Rated
State Superintendent of Public Education; align salary of to no more than 150% of Governor's salary. Dead
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HB 1244
Not Rated
MAEP; remove the requirement for collection of fees in lieu of taxes as a portion of local contribution requirement. Dead
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HB 1254
Not Rated
2021 Mississippi Education Task Force; create to review state regulations and accountability system. Dead
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HB 1257
Not Rated
Public school athletics; establish study committee to evaluate transferring administration to local governments. Dead
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HB 1285
Not Rated
Stay on Track Act of 2021; create. Dead
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HB 1294
Not Rated
Socialism curriculum; require to be included in public secondary and postsecondary schools. Dead
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SB 2001
Bad Policy
Teachers' salaries; provide for increase. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases teachers’ salaries $1,000 in addition to the annual “step” increase already provided in the teacher pay scale and given to every teacher every year. This bill would provide the third pay increase since 2014. The 2014 and 2019 increases amount to an additional $176.9 million dollars needed every year. Adding another pay increase is simply not fiscally responsible during the middle of a pandemic when so many Mississippians face severe economic hardship and total lack of employment. Our government should focus on directing necessary resources to recovery efforts while maintaining a balanced budget to insure the economic stability of our state as a whole.
SB 2149
Neutral
MAEP; Department of Education required to hold harmless school district from calculating 2020-2021 average daily attendance. Alive
Analysis: This bill prevents school districts from losing money due to reduced attendance during COVID. The bigger problem is that Miss. uses an outdated method for counting students: Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Instead of putting off the inevitable need to replace Average Daily Attendance with a better way of counting – and funding -- students, lawmakers should explore replacing ADA with a formula based on enrollment counts. This would result in more equitable and accurate funding decisions.
SB 2267
Good Policy
Teacher license; allow reciprocity if teacher possesses standard license from other state and passes background check. Alive
Analysis: This bill builds upon the idea of interstate licensure reciprocity. It eliminates unnecessary criteria when granting reciprocity to out of state license holders thereby increasing government efficiency in filling vacant teacher positions. This bill also increases government accountability by establishing a specific timeframe for responsive action by MDE while maintaining the safety of our public education students.
SB 2305
Not Rated
William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program; create. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2307
Neutral
Dyslexia Awareness Training Program; require teachers to complete two hours of training for. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2527
Not Rated
Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act; extend repealer on. Dead
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SB 2664
Bad Policy
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; prescribe standards and benchmarks. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government spending on preschool programs. However, this bill includes a clause clarifying that the funding is subject to availability of funds while simultaneously significantly strengthening accountability measures for those programs.
SB 2678
Not Rated
Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to implement in K-12 public schools. Dead
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed