Education

2021 Regular Session

Education

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 135
Neutral
MS Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998; extend repealer on. Alive
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts government.
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 358
Neutral
Bonding requirement for school purchasing agents; increase. Dead
Analysis:
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 487
Neutral
County and public libraries; repeal certain provisions related to. Alive
Analysis:
HB 504
Neutral
Commission on School Accreditation; clarify membership composition. Alive
Analysis:
HB 536
Bad Policy
Mississippi Department of Employment Security; revise various provisions regarding authority of. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government spending and encourages government dependence in a program that functions outside the proper role of government. This bill changes the definition of unemployment to provide payments to individuals who are receiving reduced voluntary payments in lieu of their standard weekly wage, as well individuals who do not work a specified number of hours each week resulting in inconsistent weekly wages. The latter could include nearly any individual working part-time in the food service sector. This bill has the serious potential to result in an insurmountable surge of unemployment benefit applications.
HB 556
Good Policy
16th Section lands; authorize local school boards to enter into public or private contracts for sale of forestry products grown on. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency by creating an avenue for local school boards to participate in selection of activities on 16th Section lands. This action brings government closer to the citizens by increasing participation in government functions by locally elected officials whom are accountable to the citizens who elected them rather than limiting those functions to unaccountable boards and statewide elected officials or agencies.
HB 633
Neutral
Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to implement in K-12 public schools. Alive
Analysis:
HB 754
Neutral
Dyslexia education; revise provisions for determining student eligibility for IEP or 504 Plan. Alive
Analysis:
HB 849
Not Rated
State Workforce Investment Board; revise membership of. Dead
Analysis:
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 925
Not Rated
School buildings; require new construction and certain renovations to include refillable water bottle stations. Dead
Analysis:
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 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 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 1253
Bad Policy
Construction management at risk method of project delivery; revise certain provisions related to. Dead
Analysis: This bill combines two bills. The first deals with construction management at risk. This portion of the bill adds a new category to the list of the types of projects for which the Department of Transportation can seek bids for contracted work. The second part of the bill is copied verbatim from HB 539, which is a Career and Technical Education bill. This portion of the bill expands existing government-run education beyond its already improper role. This bill creates new broad and extremely vague topics as requirements for schools to incorporate into the curriculum of their career track programs, including but not limited to “social graces" and “cognitive and emotional empathy.” (See lines 298-302) Not only does this bill place additional burdens on schools to meet these requirements which will inevitably lead to increased spending, but this bill also adds specific course requirements to career track programs which decreases students’ ability to tailor their course work to the career areas they are pursuing. This bill, whether intentional or not, will do more harm than good.
HB 1301
Good Policy
Career and technical education; revise curriculum, instructor license requirements and certain assessments. Dead
Analysis: This bill returns career and technical education to our state’s public schools in a meaningful way. This bill promotes individual liberty for our public school students by giving public school students viable options to pursue instead of the one-size-fits-all approach. This bill also decreases inefficiency in education bureaucracy by creating a statutory procedure to bring individuals who are skilled in trades and experienced in various professions into our public school classroom as licensed educators. Ideally parents should be in charge of their children’s education, but one cannot deny that public schools serve an integral role in the potential prosperity of our posterity. This bill provides much needed improvements in our state’s public education system to expand our state’s skilled labor force and provide students with skills for life. **This bill also brings forward code section relating to dual enrollment, which requires greater scrutiny of this bill as it moves through the legislative process. The rating of this bill is subject to change.
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 2038
Not Rated
Civics Test; require passing score for high school graduates and high school equivalency diploma applicants. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2039
Not Rated
Local school board members; prescribe salary scale based on school district student enrollment. Dead
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SB 2040
Not Rated
Kindergarten-age children; require compulsory school attendance for all. Dead
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SB 2041
Not Rated
Teachers' salary; implement a four-year phase in to increase to the southeastern average. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2042
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; require school districts to notify of nonreemployment. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2069
Not Rated
Community schools planning grant program; establish fund. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2142
Not Rated
School boards; require policy that allows for corporal punishment opt in of students annually. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2144
Not Rated
MHSAA; must allow member schools to participate against nonaccredited schools and schools with home-schooled students. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2146
Not Rated
Charter School Authorizer Board; reconstitute. Dead
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SB 2147
Not Rated
School recognition program; bring forward for possible amendment to salary supplements. Dead
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SB 2148
Not Rated
School buildings; require new construction and certain renovations to include water bottle filling stations. Dead
Analysis:
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 2150
Not Rated
School property; schools may withhold transcripts from students who fail to return textbooks or mobile devices. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2152
Not Rated
High-performing education systems design; establish task force. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2153
Not Rated
Teacher licenses; allow reciprocity if teacher possesses valid license from other state. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2226
Not Rated
Education standards; replace Common Core with ELA Standards. Dead
Analysis:
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 2269
Not Rated
Schools; provide for mental health services providers and trauma informed training. Dead
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SB 2297
Not Rated
School athletic trainers; provide annual salary supplement for those acquiring national certification. Dead
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SB 2298
Not Rated
Payroll date for school district employees; authorize semimonthly payroll in discretion of local school board. Dead
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SB 2299
Not Rated
School board members; increase pay. Dead
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SB 2300
Not Rated
Schools; require carbon monoxide detectors in all. Dead
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SB 2301
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; increase salaries for. Dead
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SB 2302
Not Rated
School Recognition Program; require board of education and department of education to implement rules. Dead
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SB 2304
Not Rated
School Resource Officers; require uniform statewide training program. Dead
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SB 2305
Not Rated
William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program; create. Dead
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SB 2306
Not Rated
Average daily attendance for MAEP purposes; shall include any student sick day. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2307
Neutral
Dyslexia Awareness Training Program; require teachers to complete two hours of training for. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2308
Not Rated
Department of Education; implement dyslexia screenings and awareness programs. Dead
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SB 2309
Not Rated
Requirements for standard high school diploma; discontinue subject area tests. Dead
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SB 2311
Not Rated
Economic and Academic Need Forgivable Loan Program; create. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2312
Not Rated
Office of Early Childhood; establish and prescribe responsibilities. Dead
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SB 2314
Not Rated
Kindergarten-age children; require compulsory school attendance for all. Dead
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SB 2382
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 2384
Not Rated
School employee salary supplements; remove limitation on number of school nurses and language therapists eligible for. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2527
Not Rated
Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act; extend repealer on. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2529
Not Rated
High school graduation; end-of-course assessments required by federal law shall only be required. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2530
Not Rated
Teachers and assistant teachers; provide incentive programs to experienced teachers. Dead
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SB 2531
Not Rated
'T Initiative of 2021'; create program that provides support to schools for virtual learning. Dead
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SB 2532
Not Rated
Expand Mississippi Connectivity for Education Act; create. Dead
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SB 2533
Not Rated
Community schools; authorize implementation under the administration of a District of Innovation. Dead
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SB 2534
Not Rated
New educational programs; allow school districts to enter into agreements for vocational and other educational programs. Dead
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SB 2537
Not Rated
Tim Tebow Act; authorize interscholastic extracurricular activity participation of students enrolled in homeschools. Dead
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SB 2538
Not Rated
Saving American History in Mississippi Schools Act; prevent funds from being used to teach the 1619 Project. Dead
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SB 2656
Not Rated
School enrollment; allow for children with documentation of a parent's pending military relocation to the state. Dead
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SB 2657
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; Department of Education implement program to employ more assistant teachers in failing school districts. Dead
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SB 2658
Not Rated
Mississippi Adequate Education Program; fully fund. Dead
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SB 2659
Not Rated
Teacher licenses; lower the requirement for nontraditional route teachers. Dead
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SB 2660
Not Rated
Failing school systems; Department of Education shall implement program to provide incentive to experienced teachers. Dead
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SB 2661
Not Rated
Teacher pay; increase to southeastern average. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2662
Not Rated
Sixteenth section forest products; allow school districts to enter into long-term timber agreements. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2663
Not Rated
School curriculum; require that schools teach civics and government before completion of twelfth grade. Dead
Analysis:
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 2665
Not Rated
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise minimum funding levels. Dead
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SB 2666
Not Rated
Tim Tebow Act; allow homeschooled students to participate in sports and provide funds to schools for their participation. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2667
Not Rated
Teachers; authorize licensure in individual subject areas. Dead
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SB 2668
Not Rated
Accreditation of schools; allow schools to employ up to 10% of nonlicensed teachers to teach in core areas. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2669
Not Rated
Mississippi Save Our Schools Program; create. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2670
Not Rated
MHSAA; must allow member schools to participate against nonaccredited schools and schools with home schooled students. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2671
Not Rated
Teacher assistant nonreemployment; provide that teacher assistants receive due process rights. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2672
Not Rated
School accountability; provide that accreditation score from 2018-2019 shall be used unless school receives higher grade. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2673
Not Rated
School District System Design Partnership Program; create. Dead
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SB 2674
Not Rated
2021 Mississippi Education Task Force; create to review state regulations and accountability system. Dead
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SB 2675
Not Rated
Third-grade reading assessment for 2020-2021 school year; allow students who fail to be promoted to fourth grade with remediation. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2676
Not Rated
Compulsory School Attendance Law; define 'child with a disability' for purposes of creating exemption from unexcused absence. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2677
Not Rated
Habitually disruptive students; require to be evaluated for disability under IDEA after disruptive behavior. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2678
Not Rated
Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to implement in K-12 public schools. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2679
Not Rated
School attendance officer; require to attend training for understanding children with disabilities. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2680
Not Rated
Department of Education; require central reporting system for federal data. Dead
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SB 2681
Not Rated
Mid-year budget reductions; exempt MAEP funds. Dead
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SB 2682
Not Rated
Our Children's Health Impacts Our Future Law; require notice of the importance of a medical and dental physical. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2683
Not Rated
Teachers' salaries; provide for increase and implement plan to fund at the southeastern average. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2684
Not Rated
Mississippi Adequate Education Program; fully fund. Dead
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SB 2685
Not Rated
Salary supplement; provide to experienced teachers willing to relocate and teach in an 'F'-designated school. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2686
Not Rated
Mississippi Civic Literacy Act; enact. Dead
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SB 2687
Not Rated
Active shooter drills; prohibit telling students and teachers that drill is real. Dead
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SB 2688
Not Rated
Corporal punishment; prohibit administration of in public and charter schools for disciplinary matters. Dead
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SB 2790
Not Rated
Teachers; revise licensure qualifications and requirements. Dead
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SB 2791
Not Rated
Abstinence-only or abstinence-plus education; extend repealer on. Dead
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SB 2793
Not Rated
Virtual public school; create pilot program for the creation of virtual public schools operated by school districts. Dead
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SB 2794
Not Rated
Public schools; allow to offer online career track program. Dead
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SB 2866
Not Rated
Mississippi Adequate Education Program state funding; dedicate at least 25% of any revenue growth. Dead
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SB 2867
Not Rated
Assistant teachers; provide 'C,' 'D' and 'F' districts with additional. Dead
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SN 6
Neutral
Kimberly Kay Remak, Olive Branch, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term effective December 8, 2020 and ending August 30, 2022. Alive
Analysis:
SN 7
Neutral
Dr. Ronnie Lynn McGehee, Madison, Mississippi, State Board of Education, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2028. Alive
Analysis:
SN 20
Neutral
Glen Vernon East, Gulfport, Mississippi, State Board of Education as the School Administrator, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2023, vice Buddy Bailey. Alive
Analysis:
SN 21
Neutral
Angela Sade Wheeler Bass, Ph.D., Jackson, Mississippi, State Board of Education, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2025, representing the First Supreme Court District, vice Johnny Franklin. Alive
Analysis:
SN 50
Not Rated
Donald Everett (Don) Hinton, Jr., Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2023, representing the Second Supreme Court District. Alive
Analysis:
SN 51
Not Rated
Mark Charles Baker, Sr., Brandon, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2023, representing the First Supreme Court District. Alive
Analysis:
SN 58
Not Rated
Jean Cook, Clinton, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term beginning June 2020 and ending June 2023. Alive
Analysis:
SN 69
Not Rated
Donald Everett (Don) Hinton, Jr., Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board to represent the Second Supreme Court District, unexpired balance of the three year term ending August 31, 2023. Alive
Analysis:
SN 70
Not Rated
Mark Charles Baker, Sr., Brandon, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board to represent the First Supreme Court District, unexpired balance of the three year term ending August 31, 2023. Alive
Analysis:
SN 71
Not Rated
Jean Cook, Clinton, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term beginning immediately and ending August 31, 2021. Alive
Analysis:
SN 72
Not Rated
Jean Cook, Clinton, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term beginning September 1, 2021 and ending August 31, 2024. Alive
Analysis:
SN 75
Not Rated
Russell (Russ) Latino, III, Madison, Mississippi, Mississippi Authority for Educational Television to represent the state at large, unexpired portion of a four year term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2024. Alive
Analysis:
SN 83
Not Rated
Carolyn Renee Grice Willis, Carrollton, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board to represent the Third Supreme Court District, unexpired balance of the three year term ending August 31, 2023. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed