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2016 House Education Bill Summaries

This summary attempts to highlight major components of each bill. Click on the bill number to read the bill in its entirety and to view the latest action.

HB 1 - School boards; revise certain provisions regarding continuing education for members

  • Requires that the continuing education courses provided to members of local school boards by the Mississippi School Boards Association shall now be conducted and administered by the Secretary of State and the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 4 - Parental Involvement and Accountability Act; create

  • Encourages parental involvement and accountability in the public schools
  • Provides the purpose for which information and tools shall be provided to parents of students in kindergarten through grade 12
  • Sets standards for parental accountability and specifying causes for student underachievement; providing principles on which parental involvement is based
  • Provides strategies to improve student achievement through required shared information between teachers, schools and parents
  • Requires teachers to assign a parental involvement grade on student report cards
  • Requires the local school boards to adopt an appeals process

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.


HB 14 - School superintendents; impose three-year moratorium on salary increases for all and prescribe method for determining raises

  • Imposes a moratorium on salary increases to all public school superintendents for a period of three years effective on July 1, 2016
  • Imposes a moratorium on salary increases for superintendents of school districts under conservatorship for a period of three (3) years following the date of release from conservatorship
  • Provides stipulation on compensating newly appointed or newly elected superintendents in the event of a vacancy in office
  • Prescribes the manner by which salary increases to superintendents shall be administered using factors determining district improvement through such factors as student population growth, achievement, graduation rates, accreditation ratings and meeting other established benchmarks

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

HB 29 - School districts; require to submit reports to PEER

  • Provides that any educational report required of school districts to be filed by or submitted to the State Board of Education or State Department of Education shall also be submitted to the joint Legislative Committee On Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) at the same time that such reports are to be filed by or submitted to the Board or the Department
  • Requires the PEER Committee staff to review and evaluate each report to determine that each school district's curriculums and programs are structured to provide evidenced-based and research-based instruction and intervention and best practices
  • Requires the PEER Committee staff to define the terms "evidenced-based programs" and "research-based programs" in establishing its standard of review and evaluation
  • Requires school districts to provide additional documentation with the report to serve as evidence identifying and verifying the programs used in the district's curriculum as evidence based and research based
  • Requires the PEER Committee staff to establish an independent rubric to assess school districts' programs of instruction and intervention as evidence based and/or research based
  • Requires that all programs of instruction and intervention offered through the curriculum of public schools be evidence based, as determined by the approval of the PEER Committee staff by the year 2021, as indicated by the start of the 2021-2022 school term
  • Prescribes a 21-day review and categorization process of reports received by the PEER Committee staff
  • Requires the PEER Committee staff to transmit its categorization of information to the House and Senate Education Committee chairmen and House and Senate Appropriations chairmen as an "evidence-based assessment note”
  • Provides that the assessment note shall be considered in allocating funds to districts under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program
  • Requires the State Board of Education to adopt and provide evidence-based programs in the curriculum standards for schools
  • Withholds MAEP funding from any school district that fails to implement evidence-based and/or research-based programs of instruction and intervention in all component areas of its curriculum by 2021 until such district comes into compliance

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 33 - Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act; revise definition of “eligible student” to include those with an active IEP for past five years

  • Revises the definition of "eligible student" to include any student who has had an active IEP within the past five years of the date application as a qualification for assistance under the Equal Opportunity for Students With Special Needs Act

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 34 - Financial advisors; require those appointed by the State Supt. of Public Education to certain school districts to be independent contractors

  • Requires that financial advisors appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Education to districts with serious financial conditions shall be independent contractors unless employed by the State of Mississippi

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 37 - Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program; delete repealer on

  • Repeals the code section that provides for the repeal of the dyslexia therapy scholarship for students with dyslexia program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 47 - School accountability standards; revise the manner by which accreditation ratings are assigned and require independent assessment by State Auditor

  • Requires the State Board of Education to use only data from the immediately preceding school year to assess the accreditation ranking from the current school year
  • Requires the Office of the State Auditor to conduct a focused accreditation assessment and ranking of each school and school district in the state independent of the State Board of Education
  • Requires the State Department of Education to submit any proposed changes to the school accountability standards and a statement of those changes’ estimated economic impact to the Appropriations and Education committees of the House and Senate and to the Executive Director of the Legislative Budget Office one year before those standards become effective

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 51 - Literacy-Based Promotion Act; revise and clarify provisions relating to retention to 3rd Grade accountability assessments

  • Revises certain provisions of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act for purposes of clarifying purposes of retention to third grade and use of accountability assessments
  • Phases in a more rigorous assessment by 2018-19 school year
  • Amends good cause exemptions for students with disabilities

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 52 - Literacy-Based Promotion Act; clarify training component provided to teachers by the State Dept. of Education

  • Provides that the training provided to school districts by the state department of education under the literacy-based promotion act shall include the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) or other approved training program; and for related purposes

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 79 - Teacher certification; provide exemption for qualification for licensure to certain individuals

  • Revises the qualifications for teacher certification to allow an exemption for licensure through the approved program and nontraditional teaching routes for persons who were actively enrolled in an approved teacher education program or accepted to and were actively enrolled in the Teach Mississippi Institute Program for teacher preparation before July 1, 2014

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 91 - Student transfer; prohibit board of failing districts from denying requests to better performing schools or districts

  • Prohibits local school board in districts with an accountability rating grade of "D" or "F" from denying student requests to transfer to another school within the district or to a school district upon receipt of a written petition by the parent, legal guardian or individual in loco parentis of the student requesting the transfer
  • Prescribes the components to be included in the release petition
  • Requires the receiving school district to verify the accountability rating grade of the transferring school district before accepting any student, and upon a determination that the transferring district has a poor accountability rating, shall receive the student and make a request of the transferring district for per pupil expenditures allotted the student
  • Allows receiving district to refuse school acceptance of the transfer student based on lack of capacity to accommodate a transferring student

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 110 - School buses; clarify that motor vehicle need not stop when meeting or passing on divided highway

  • Clarifies the circumstances under which a person need not stop when meeting or passing a school bus on a divided highway

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 168 - School athletics and extracurricular activities; require SBE to review and recommend revisions for administration of for public schools

  • Imposes conditions upon a school board’s authority to regulate athletics and extracurricular activities, and to expend funds for certain purposes
  • Provides that the State Board of Education shall select three of its members to study the oversight and regulation of school athletics and extracurricular activities and to decide by March 1, 2017, whether the regulation shall be accomplished by a private not-for-profit corporation created by the three-member committee or by any not-for-profit corporation currently involved in the regulation of school athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Restricts the school board's authority to pay funds under their control to organizations that currently regulate school athletics and extracurricular activities

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 199 - State Dept. of Education; remove from certain State Personnel Board procedures for a total of five years

  • Provides that for a period of five years, the personnel actions of the State Department of Education subject to the regulations of the State Personnel Board shall be exempt from State Personnel Board shall procedures, and all employees of the agency shall be classified as nonstate service during that period

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 200 - EEF Procurement Cards; revise definition of "teachers" to include those employed at public special purpose schools to receive

  • Include the teachers employed at the Mississippi School for the Arts, the Mississippi School for Math and science, the Mississippi School for the Blind or the Mississippi School for the Deaf in the  definition of the term "teachers" for purposes of receiving education enhancement fund procurement cards

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 207 - National Board Certification; all school employees to be reimbursed for actual cost of completing each component of certification

  • Authorizes a process reimbursement for each component of National Board Certification for teachers

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 218 - School transfer; allow students to attend school in adjacent district under certain circumstances

  • Authorizes the parent or legal guardian of a child whose residence is in excess of 30 miles from the school of attendance in the resident district to transfer the child to school in an adjacent school district that is nearer to the child's residence
  • Provides that a parent shall not be required to submit a petition of transfer to the local school board of the district to which the student is to be transferred
  • Prescribes what shall be required to be submitted to the local school board of the transferee district when enrolling the child for attendance
  • Provides that the local school board of the transferring district may only reject such transfer if there is not sufficient space in the school to accommodate the attendance of the transferring child
  • Authorizes the local school board to provide an option to attend another school of the appropriate grade level in the district if such school is also closer than the school of appropriate grade level in the district of residence
  • Provides that any child lawfully transferred from the school district of his residence to a school in another school district shall continue to be enrolled and attend school in the transferee district
  • Provides that the siblings of any child lawfully transferred may be enrolled and attend schools in the district at the discretion of the parent or legal guardian
  • Requires the State Department of Education develop a tool to be used by local school districts to lay out transportation routes in order to provide a uniform system of calculating distances from each school to the residence of children enrolled therein entitled to school bus transportation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 458 - MAEP; bring forward related sections for purpose of possible revisions

  • An act to bring forward code sections of related to MAEP for the purpose of revising the MAEP formula.

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 478 - Task Force on the Future of Gifted Education in MS; extend repealer on

  • Extends by three years the repealer of the provision of law creating the task force on the future of gifted education in Mississippi

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

HB 494 - Sex-related/abstinence education and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force; extend repealers on

  • Extends by five years the repealer on the provision of law requiring every school district to adopt a policy to implement abstinence-only or abstinence-plus education into its curriculum
  • Extends by five years the repealer on the provision of law creating and prescribing the duties of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 497 - MAEP; extend repealer on requirement that certain absences be considered excused for purposes of average daily attendance

  • Extends by three years the repealer on the requirement that certain absences be considered for calculated average daily attendance under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 773 - MS Youth Challenge Academy; require SDE to provide certain information to director of for purposes of dropout prevention

  • Requires the State Department of Education to provide a biannual report to the Director of the Mississippi Youth Challenge Academy containing information of the identity, last known address and last date of attendance of students between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age who are presumed to have dropped out of school in each school district
  • Requires school districts to provide written notice to parents and certain students of the disclosure of information and an opportunity to object to said disclosure
  • Requires the Director of the Youth Challenge Academy to certify the nondisclosure of information to third parties except those individuals employed by the program for recruitment and retention of students

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 924 - Council on Education Technology; reestablish and define responsibilities

  • Reestablishes the Council on Education Technology and prescribe its membership
  • Prescribes the responsibilities of the council
  • Provides for the repeal of council on July 1, 2021

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 926 - School district administrative consolidation; require in Holmes County and Durant Public School Districts

  • Provides that in the Holmes County and Durant Public School Districts there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Holmes County Consolidated School District effective July 1, 2017
  • Provides for the composition and selection of the Board of Trustees of the new Holmes County Consolidated School District
  • Directs the State Board of Education to administratively consolidate any school district which does not voluntarily follow the consolidation order
  • Abolishes the former school districts following the administrative consolidation and provide for the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Provides for execution of teacher and school district employee contracts and the preparation of a school district budget in the new school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 931 - Dual credit; provide students who complete an approved Cambridge International Program AS and A-level course

  • Provides dual credit to students who complete an approved Cambridge International Program as an A-level course

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 933 - Graduation requirements; require SBE to administer an American Civics assessment as part of statewide testing program and for students to pass as a condition of

  • Requires the State Board of Education to develop and implement objectives that focus on the academic standards in social studies, civics and United States history and to require the administration of an American Civics assessment, identical to the portion of the examination administered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) required by 8 USCS Section 1423 for naturalization, as a condition of graduation
  • Requires high school students to correctly answer at least sixty percent (60%) of the questions to be eligible for graduation
  • Provides that beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Board shall require the developed objectives to be incorporated into the United States history curriculum required for high school students as measured by the Subject Area Test for that course
  • Authorizes the Board to determine the method and manner in which to administer the assessment
  • Provides that students shall have additional opportunities to take the assessment until a passing score is obtained
  • Provides that any course required for the American Civics assessment as a requirement for graduation from a public school or charter school in Mississippi shall not be eligible for dual credit
  • Requires that each district school board in the establishment of its minimum standards for graduation shall include mastery of minimum academic skills as measured by the American Civics assessment, identical to the portion of the examination administered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  required by 8 USCS Section 1423 for naturalization
  • Exempts students classified with certain intellectual disabilities from the requirement of obtaining a passing score on the American Civics assessment as a condition of graduation and receipt of a special diploma or certificate

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.


HB 938 - Vaccinations; authorize exemptions for medical purposes

  • Revises the authority for parents or guardians of school-age children to obtain letters of exemption from vaccinations or limiting the number of vaccinations for medical reasons in order for the child to attend school
  • Provides that in order to claim an exemption from a required vaccination for medical reasons, the child's parent or guardian must present a letter from a physician stating that the required vaccine is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to or would be injurious to the health and well-being of the child or any member of the child's household
  • Provides that exemptions from vaccinations for medical reasons will be valid the duration of the child's attendance in a school district
  • Provides that the opinion of the physician who signed the letter is final and the school to which the letter is presented must accept the letter

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 950 - MS Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia; revise eligibility through Grade 12

  • Expands the eligibility for the Mississippi dyslexia therapy scholarship for students with dyslexia program to include students in grade 1 through grade 12
  • Establishes and provides for the administration of the Mississippi dyslexia therapy scholarship for students with dyslexia program

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 951Advanced placement teacher recertification requirement; revise

  • Clarifies the requirement for Advanced Placement (AP) class teacher recertification; and for related purposes

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 958 - School personnel; prohibit from engaging in political activity while in performance of official duties

  • Prohibits members of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, State Institution of Higher Learning chancellors, presidents and administrators, members of the Mississippi Community College Board, members of the Board of Trustees for a public community or junior college, public community or junior college presidents and administrators, school board members, school superintendents, administrators, principals and assistant principals from engaging in political activity while in performance of official duties and responsibilities
  • Prohibits the use of institution, college and district time, equipment, supplies or personnel to produce, distribute, disseminate, circulate or communicate any material or information in support or opposition of political activity
  • Prohibits soliciting or attempts to solicit funds from school district personnel on behalf of a political activity
  • Prohibits political activity on school property
  • Provides that limitations imposed on administrators, school board members, school superintendents and school administrators engaging in political activity shall not be applicable to such person on their personal time
  • Requires administrators, school superintendents, school board members and administrators to remain neutral by not engaging in political activities on school property and by not publicly supporting or opposing any political party
  • Prescribes penalties for violations of this act

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 959 - Students with disabilities; revise process by which schools enhancing full inclusion of in all educational areas are recognized

  • Revises the process by which schools providing full inclusion of students with disabilities in all academic and extracurricular activities are recognized
  • Renames the oversight committee as the Mississippi Special Education Advisory Panel

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 967 - School superintendents; revise minimum qualifications to serve as

  • Revises the qualifications for persons selected to serve as a superintendent of schools to include equivalent credentials consisting of a master's degree in any subject area and a minimum of 20 years of administrative, senior management or supervisory experience
  • Revises the alternate route procedure for individuals to receive an administrator's license
  • Provides an exemption from certain requirements for administrator licensure to individuals holding certain qualifying equivalent credentials

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 968 - MS Youth Challenge Program; clarify terms for purposes of qualifying participants for graduation

  • Clarifies the synonymous meaning of the terms "high school equivalency diploma" and "GED" for purposes of qualifying students in the Mississippi National Guard Youth Challenge Program for graduation

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

HB 987 - School district administrative consolidation; require in Leflore County and Greenwood Public School Districts

  • Provides that in the Leflore County and Greenwood Public School districts there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Greenwood-Leflore Consolidated School District effective July 1, 2017
  • Provides for the composition and selection of the Board of Trustees of the new Greenwood-Leflore Consolidated School District
  • Directs the State Board of Education to administratively consolidate any school district which does not voluntarily follow the consolidation order
  • Abolishes the former 10 school districts following the administrative consolidation and provides for the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Provides for execution of teacher and school district employee contracts and the preparation of a school district budget in the new school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 989 - MS Achievement School District; establish to oversee administration of certain failing schools with a "F" rating for two consecutive years

  • Creates the Mississippi Achievement School District for the purpose of improving certain failing public schools throughout the state
  • Provides that Mississippi Achievement School District shall be a statewide district comprised of all public schools that have been assigned an "F" rating under the state accreditation system for two consecutive school years
  • Provides for the appointment of a school board for the Mississippi Achievement School District which shall exercise, subject to exceptions, the same powers and duties granted to all other school boards
  • Requires the board to procure office space for the district and to appoint a highly qualified individual to serve as school district superintendent
  • Requires the State Board of Education and the school board of the Mississippi Achievement School District, acting jointly, to adopt rules and regulations governing the transfer of schools from the local school district to the Achievement School District
  • Specifies that schools assigned an "F" designation for the second consecutive year in the 2017-2018 school year must be absorbed immediately by the Achievement School District unless the Achievement School District determines that a gradual transfer of control, complete before the 2017-2018 school year begins, is in the school's best interest
  • Requires school districts from which schools are being absorbed to cooperate with the Mississippi Achievement School District and the State Board of Education in the school's transfer
  • Provides for the subsequent return of a school to local school district control by the Mississippi Achievement School District subject to certain conditions being met
  • Requires the superintendent of the Mississippi Achievement School District to recommend highly qualified persons for employment at a school and to authorize the continued employment, in the school board's discretion, of personnel employed at a school that is being absorbed
  • Authorizes the Mississippi Achievement School District to use the personal and real property of a school that is absorbed, subject to rules and regulations adopted jointly by the State Board of Education and the school board of the Achievement School District
  • Provides for state and local funding of schools in the Mississippi Achievement School District

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

HB 990 - School boards; elect all at presidential election for four-year term

  • Requires the election of all school board members at the same time as the presidential or general statewide elections, beginning in November 2016 or 2019 as determined by trustee district
  • Provides that the terms of office of all school board members shall be four years
  • Provides for nominating petitions to run for the office of school board member and to require a uniform number of signatures on petitions of nomination; to provide
  • Provides the procedure for filling vacancies in the office of school board member
  • Brings forward code section that requires the consolidation of certain county school districts under conservatorship, for purposes of possible amendment
  • Brings code section that requires the administrative consolidation of certain school districts in Bolivar County, for purposes of possible amendment
  • Brings forward code section that requires the administrative consolidation of all school districts in Clay County, for purposes of possible amendment
  • Brings forward code section that requires the administrative consolidation of all school districts in Oktibbeha County, for purposes of possible amendment

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

HB 991 - School district administrative consolidation; require throughout entire Chickasaw County

  • Provides that in the Chickasaw County, Houston and Okolona school districts there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Chickasaw County Consolidated School District effective July 1, 2017
  • Provides for the composition and selection of the board of trustees of the new Chickasaw County Consolidated School District
  • Directs the State Board of Education to administratively consolidate any school district which does not voluntarily follow the consolidation order
  • Abolishes the former school districts following the administrative consolidation and provide for the transfer of school district assets and liabilities
  • Provides for execution of teacher and school district employee contracts and the preparation of a school district budget in the new school district
  • Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate regulations to implement such administrative consolidation
  • Provides a two-year waiver from accountability and state assessment requirements for the new student population

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.


HB 1000 - Summer normals; repeal

  • Provides for summer normals

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1043 - Charter schools; revise teachers' time to achieve state licensure and conform language regarding director to 2014 amendments

  • Requires a charter school teacher to possess a teaching license issued by the Mississippi Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development within three years of the teacher’s initial employment with the charter school
  • Deletes references to the executive director of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board also serving as general counsel for the Board

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1044 - Charter schools; authorize open enrollment across school district lines

  • Authorizes open enrollment in charter schools
  • Requires unspent government funds to revert to those school districts in which students attending a charter school reside if the charter school closes
  • Requires charter schools to certify to each local school district in which students enrolled in the charter school reside the number of charter school students residing in that district
  • Revises the manner by which the State Department of Education determines the amount of adequate education program funds which is to be paid to a charter school to reflect that a charter school’s students may reside in school districts other than that in which the charter school is located, and to require each school district in which charter school students reside to make local contribution payments to the charter school
  • Revises the formula for calculating a charter school’s local contribution to the adequate education program to reflect that the charter school’s students may reside in school districts other than that in which the charter school is located
  • Requires each school district in which students enrolled in a charter school reside to make ad valorem tax receipts payments to the charter school

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1054 - Financial literacy curriculum; require the State Board of Education to implement for all students in Grades 9-12

  • Requires the State Board of Education to implement a financial literacy curriculum for public schools on or before the 2017-2018 academic school year
  • Provides that the course in financial literacy shall account for a one-half Carnegie Unit
  • Requires successful passage of the course as a graduation requirement; to establish the "financial literacy trust fund" as a special fund in the State Treasury
  • Provides for the funds administration

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1444 - Financial Transparency in Education Act; create

  • Creates the Financial Transparency in Education Act
  • Requires each local education provider in the state to create and maintain a searchable expenditure and revenue website that includes detailed data on all monies received and expended in the local school district
  • Requires each local education provider to maintain the data in an easily accessible, searchable and downloadable format, and to post comprehensive figures on total expenditures and per-pupil spending
  • Requires each local education provider to submit the summary data to the state to be aggregated and made available online

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1481 - Juvenile justice reforms; implement per task force report

  • Requires the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules setting standards for juvenile detention facilities
  • Requires the Department of Education to oversee the enforcement of juvenile detention facility licensing standards related to education
  • Brings forward code sections that relate to juvenile detention centers and the juvenile facilities monitoring unit for the purpose of possible amendment

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1531 MS Statewide Teacher Appraisal Rubric (M-STAR); discontinue and require local districts to adopt teacher evaluation system

  • Requires the State Department of Education to discontinue using the statewide educator evaluation process known as the "Mississippi Statewide Teacher Appraisal Rubric (M-STAR)"
  • Requires each school board to implement a teacher evaluation system for educators employed in the local school district
  • Requires a school district to obtain approval of its policy establishing an evaluation system from the State Department of Education
  • Requires the State Department of Education to prepare a model policy that may be adopted by local school boards

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1534 - School districts; exempt those meeting the highest level of accreditation standards from certain duties

  • Exempts school districts meeting the highest levels of accreditation standards, as defined by the State Board of Education, from performing certain duties imposed on school districts
  • Requires the State Board of Education to develop a grant program exclusively for school districts meeting the highest levels of accreditation standards to receive funds for the implementation of innovative educational programs

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

HB 1643 - Appropriation; Education, Department of 

  • An act making an appropriation for the purpose of funding K-12 and other related educational activities, including certain agencies and programs, in the State of Mississippi, for the fiscal year 2017

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2016.

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