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2013 Senate Education Bills

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

April 9, 2013 (2:50 p.m.)

SB 2124 – State takeover of school districts; provide timeline and exit criteria for school district conservators

  • Requires the State Department of Education to provide specific findings of accreditation violations, financial mismanagement or academic deficiencies in order for the Governor to declare an emergency resulting in a state takeover of the district
  • Defines the authority of a state conservator appointed by the State Board of Education to administer a school district in a state takeover status
  • Provides a time limitation for the authority of such school district conservator and specific exit criteria unless the Governor continues the state takeover

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed As Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Died in Committee

SB 2133 – Erin’s Law; create study committee to study implementation of curriculum based on

  • Creates Erin’s Law Task Force for the purpose of creating and implementing curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse for children in the State of Mississippi
  • Task force shall be comprised of the six members
    • Executive Director of the Children’s Justice Center
    • The Superintendent of Education
    • The Attorney General
    • The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services
    • The Lieutenant Governor
    • The Speaker of the House of Representatives

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013, and shall stand repealed on June 30, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Public Health and Welfare
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Public Health
  • Passed Public Health Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education; Judiciary B
  • Passed Full Education Committee to Judiciary B
  • Passed Judiciary B Committee As Amended to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As 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, Collins, Blount
  • House Conferees: Moore, Crawford, Gipson
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13
 

SB 2138 – School district financial procedures; clarify distribution of funds and time of payment of school employee salaries

  • Provides for the time of the monthly distribution of Adequate Education Funds to local school districts
  • Provides for the time and payment of salaries or wages to school district employees
  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to issue regulations concerning the type of financial reports required to be submitted by local school districts
  • Clarifies that local school boards shall require the issuance of procurement cards for supply funds expenditures
  • Extends the Task Force to Study Strategies for Solving the Current Teacher Shortage in Mississippi until 2014

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full House Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations to Education
  • Passed Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Reconsidered
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Hopson
  • House Conferees: Moore, Martinson, Currie
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13

SB 2141 –Local school boards in Mississippi; create task force to study structure of.

  • Creates a task force to conduct a study of the selection and governance structure of local school boards in Mississippi
  • Provides for a report to the 2014 regular session of the legislature

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

Referred to Education

  • Passed Education Committee
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Read the Third Time
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Vetoed 3/18/13


SB 2188
– Teacher and administrator licensure; clarify grounds for license denial and procedures for reinstatement

  • Clarify the grounds for teacher and administrator licensure denial by the State Board of Education
  • Provides for certain standards and procedures for reinstatement of teacher or administrator licenses
  • Establishes criteria for a teacher candidate to be licensed in Mississippi for entrance into an approved teacher education program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Polk
  • House Conferees: Moore, Currie, Guice
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13


SB 2189
Mississippi Public Charter School Act of 2013 enact.

  • Would prohibit the conversion of private and parochial schools to public charter schools
  • Provides for an open enrollment and lottery requirements for public charter schools
  • Provides for preferences for student enrollment in the case of conversion charter school and for schools serving special populations
  • Would require all schools in the state to accept transfer credits from public charter schools
  • Would establish the Mississippi Public Charter School Authorizing Board and prescribe its membership
  • Would provide for and executive director of the Mississippi Public Charter School Authorizing Board and prescribe authorizer powers and duties
  • Provides standards for authorizing public charter schools which shall be policies equal to nationally established best practices
  • Provides for authorizer funding
  • Would prescribe the application process for all types of charter schools and a decision-making process
  • Would provide guidelines for executing charter contract
  • Provides for achievement and operational standards for charter school oversight and corrective actions
  • Provides for renewals and revocations of charter school contracts
  • Provides procedures for charter school closure and dissolution
  • Would empower charter schools with financial authority to implement its contract and to prohibit discrimination and the charging of tuition
  • Would prescribe the qualifications for employees of charter schools and require criminal background checks for such employees
  • Would authorize equal transportation funding under MAEP and would authorize local funding for public charter schools
  • Would authorize charter schools the right of first refusal to vacant school facilities and property and the use of donated space under preexisting zoning regulations
  • Would amend Section 37-151-5 MS Code to conform the MAEP funding formula to the allocation of funds to public charter schools
  • Would amend Section 37-57-107 MS Code to provide for the transfer of local ad valorem school district maintenance funds by the local school district to the public charter school on a per-pupil basis
  • Provides that the education employment procedures law shall apply to teachers or administrators at public charter schools
  • Clarifies that students attending public charter schools shall comply with the provisions of the compulsory school attendance law and provide for the automatic transfer of students attending public charter school from the schools home district
  • Repeals sections 37-165-1 through 37-165-27, MS Code which are the Conversion Charter School Act of 2010, and Section 37-167-1, MS Code, which is the New Start School program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage, provided that Sections 1 through 10 shall stand repealed from and after July 1, 2021

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Amended
  • Passed Senate As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Read the Third Time
  • Point of Order Raised
  • Set Aside-Pending Ruling of Chair
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Died on Calendar

SB 2198 – Appropriation FY2014; Hattiesburg School District and Booneville School District for digital learning pilot programs

  • Would make an appropriation to the Hattiesburg Municipal School District and to the Booneville Municipal School District to provide funds for the support of digital interactive learning pilot programs at certain schools in these districts, for fiscal year 2014

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Died in Appropriations Committee
 

SB 2199 – 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

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee
  • Read the Third Time
  • Amended
  • Failed
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Reconsidered
  • Passed As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Carmichael
  • House Conferees: Moore, May, Guice
  • Conference Report Filed

SB 2347 – Literacy-Based Promotion Act; establish in public schools to achieve grade-level reading by end of 3rd grade

  • Establishes the “Literacy-Based Promotion Act” to improve kindergarten and first through third grade public school students’ reading skills so that every student completing third grade reads at or above grade level
  • Requires school districts to provide intensive reading instruction and intervention to students exhibiting a substantial deficiency in reading in kindergarten and grades 1 through 3
  • Prohibits the promotion of students whose reading deficiency is not remedied before the end of third grade
  • Requires notice to be given to parents of kindergarten and first through third grade students exhibiting a reading deficiency
  • Requires the State Department of Education to establish the Mississippi Reading Panel to recommend appropriate alternative standardized assessments
  • Prohibits the promotion of public school students based solely on a student’s age or other social promotion factors
  • Establishes good cause exemptions for promotion for third grade students failing to meet academic requirements for promotion
  • Specifies certain actions school districts must take in implanting the literacy-based promotion act in kindergarten and grades 1 through 3
  • Requires school boards to submit annual reports to parents on their respective student’s progress in reading
  • Requires school boards to publish data reflecting students progression and performance in a local newspaper
  • Requires the State Board of Education to adopt policies necessary for the implementation of the program
  • Provides that children age 5 on or before September 1 of the calendar year who have enrolled in public kindergarten are subject to the provisions of the Mississippi Compulsory School Attendance Law

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Read the Third Time
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Burton, Hill
  • House Conferees: Moore, Martinson, Currie
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13

SB 2395 – Prekindergarten programs; to be implemented by the State Department of Education

  • Authorizes and direct the State Department of Education to implement a prekindergarten program in the State of Mississippi on a phased-in basis
  • Amend codes to transfer duties and responsibilities of the Department of Human Services relative to the “Early Learning Collaborative Act” to the State Department of Education
  • Redesignates the prekindergarten program as the “Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013”
  • Commits funding of the “Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 on a phased-in basis
  • Amends codes to designate and empower the State Early Childhood Advisory Council (SECAC) and prescribes its responsibilities to assist the State Department of Education in implementing the “Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013” pursuant to federal law
  • Authorizes local school districts to implement the “Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013”
  • Provides qualifications for state or federal funded early childhood education program personnel
  • Provides for a state income tax credit for contributions to qualified prekindergarten programs
  • Repeals code section, which establishes the Early Childhood Services Advisory Committee

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee As Amended to Education
  • Passed Education Committee
  • Read the Third Time
  • 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, Burton, Wiggins
  • House Conferees: Moore, Busby, Barker
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13

SB 2396 – Accreditation of schools; prescribe standards for single “A” through “F” school and school district accountability system

  • Authorize and direct the State Department of Education, acting through the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation, to establish a single “A” through “F” school and district accountability system satisfying federal and state accountability requirements
  • To prescribe standards for that system
  • Provides that any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading in grade 1, grade 2 or grade 3 shall receive intensive reading instruction
  • Provides that if the student’s reading deficiency is not remedied by the end of grade 3, the students must be retained and not promoted
  • Would provide exemptions from this prohibition based upon good cause
  • Prescribes programs of instruction for successful progression for retained students
  • Repeals the Mississippi Reading Sufficiency Program of Instruction

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended
  • Read the Third Time
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Hale
  • House Conferees: Moore, Mayo, Crawford
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13

SB 2633 – “Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013”; enact

  • Provides for voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints in public schools
  • Provides that public school districts shall allow religious expression in class assignments
  • Provides that public school districts shall provide students with the freedom to organize religious groups and activities
  • Provides that public school districts shall provide a limited public forum for student speakers at non-graduation and graduation events
  • Provides a model policy for voluntary religious expression in public schools

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

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

SB 2636 – Agricultural high schools; transfer Coahoma Agricultural High School and Hinds Agricultural High School to county school district

  • Provides that from and after July 1, 2014, the Coahoma Agricultural High School and the Hinds Agricultural High School, shall be discontinued and the students, property and funds shall be transferred to the appropriate county school district in the home county

This at shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Died In Committee

SB 2637 – School district consolidation; require in certain county

  • Provides that in Clay County there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as West Point Consolidated School District
  • Authorizes and directs the State Board of Education to develop and promulgate a consolidation order for the school districts in the county under certain standards
  • Provides for the new Board of Trustees to be elected in the consolidated school district in a November 2014 special election
  • Directs the State Board of Education to administratively any school district which does not voluntarily follow the consolidation order
  • Abolishes the former school boards following the administrative consolidation, and provides for the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Provides for the execution of teacher and school district employee contracts in the new school district 

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended

  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Motion to Reconsider Entered
  • Reconsidered
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Transmitted to House
  • Referred to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As 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, Collins, Polk
  • House Conferees: Moore, Barker, Chism
  • Conference Report Filed


SB 2658
– “Mississippi Education Works Program; Literacy-Based Promotion”; enact

  • Creates The Mississippi Education Works Program
  • Directs high schools with graduation rates lower than 80% to submit a plan to the State Department of Education for restructure
  • Creates the Teacher Education Scholars Program and establish eligibility criteria and funding
  • Establishes a pilot system in certain school districts for evaluating the performance of teachers and administration for the purpose of awarding performance-based compensation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013, and shall stand repealed from and after June 30, 2013

  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Education Committee with Committee Substitute to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee with Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Immediate Release
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full Education Committee As Amended to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee As Amended to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As Amended
  • Read the Third Time
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Senate Conferees: Tollison, Collins, Carmichael
  • House Conferees: Moore, Mayo, Currie
  • Conference Report Failed
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13

SB 2659 – Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools (MCOPS) grant program; establish in the State Department of Education

  • Establishes a Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in schools (MCOPS) grant program in the State Department of Education
  • Would assist law enforcement agencies in providing additional school resources officers to engage in community policing in and around primary and secondary schools
  • Prescribes requirements and standards for the program
  • Authorizes the local school board of public school districts, which are unable to meet the financial requirements for participation in the MCOPS program to develop a plan for the security of its students, faculty and administration
  • The plan must be approved by the State Board of Education and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety
  • Provides for the school board to apply for grants under the MCOPS program for training of security personnel employed by the school district

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

  • Referred to Education and Appropriations
  • Passed Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred to Education; Appropriations
  • Passed Full Education Committee to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations As Amended to Education
  • Passed Education Committee As Amended
  • Read the Third Time
  • 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, Collins, Burton
  • House Conferees: Moore, Guice, Currie
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 4/25/13


SB 2714
– “Fannie Lou Hamer Charter School District”; establish in Sunflower County under certain conditions

  • Empowers the State Board of Education to reconstitute the Sunflower County School System into the “Fannie Lou Hamer Charter School District”
  • Empowers the State Board of Education to issue regulations for the application of a qualified charter school organization to operate the schools of Sunflower County and to enter into necessary contracts
  • Authorizes the Fannie Lou Hamer Charter School District to select one or more of its elementary and/or middle schools to operate as a public charter school
  • Establishes certain conditions that must be agreed to by the new Fannie Lou Hamer Charter School District in order to receive charter status
  • Establishes certain duties and responsibilities by the State Board, State Department of Education and certain other state agencies in the event that the Fannie Lou Hamer Charter School District meets its conditions
  • Authorizes and direct the State Board of Education to issue rules and regulations necessary to implement this act

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

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


SB 2743
– “Mississippi Asthma and Anaphylaxis Child Safety Act”, enact

  • Revise provisions requiring school districts to take certain actions relating to children with asthma and anaphylaxis
  • Will be referred as the “Mississippi Asthma and Anaphylaxis Child Safety Act”
  • Would provide for the self-administration of asthma medication at school

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2013

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

SB 2779 – School districts under conservatorship; provide for special election to fill vacant school board positions

  • Provides for a special school board election in school districts under conservatorship where there are no remaining school board members to fill a vacancy

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended

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

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