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2017 House Education Bill Summaries

The summaries attempt 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 32 - School superintendents; require appointment of in the event of vacancy in elected office of before January 1, 2019

  • Provides for the appointment of the superintendent in school districts with an elected superintendent of schools in the event a vacancy in office occurs before January 1, 2019

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

HB 145 - Ad valorem taxes; allow local contribution to follow students who transfer to another school district.

  • Requires the Boards of Trustees of certain transferring school districts and certain receiving school districts to certify to the State Board of Education the number of students transferred to another school district from the district of residence for purposes of calculating the per pupil pro rata share of local ad valorem school district maintenance funds to be remitted to the receiving school district

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 160 - Teacher classroom supply procurement cards; increase allocation percentage for teachers in first three years of educational service.

  • Increases the procurement card percentage by fifty percent for teachers in the first three years of educational service
  • Amends code section to conform to the preceding provision

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 203 - Ad valorem taxes; delete school board's authority to increase more than 2% without referendum approval.

  • Deletes the authority of school boards to increase ad valorem taxes levied for school district purposes by more than two percent over the amount levied in the preceding year absent approval by a majority vote in a referendum on the proposed tax increase

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 263 - Anti-bullying Law; revise provisions for required establishment of policies for by school districts

  • Clarifies conduct that is considered being bullying behavior
  • Revises the provisions to be included in a school districts' anti-bullying policies
  • Requires school districts to post the proper procedure for reporting bullying on their internet website

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 267 - School boards; elect all at statewide general or 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 2019 or 2020 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 and to require a uniform number of signatures on petitions of nomination
  • Provides the procedure for filling vacancies in the office of school board Members
  • Repeals code section which requires the election of the county Board of Education members from territory outside the four municipal separate school districts in a certain county
  • Brings forward code section that requires the consolidation of certain county school districts under conservatorship, for purposes of possible amendment
  • Brings forward code section that requires the administrative consolidation of certain school districts in Bolivar County, for purposes of possible amendment
  • Amends code sections that require the administrative consolidation of all school districts in certain counties, in conformity to the preceding provisions
  • Brings forward code sections that require the administrative consolidation of all school districts in certain counties, for the purpose of possible amendments
  • Repeals code sections that provide certain methods for electing trustees of Municipal and Special Municipal Separate School Districts and Consolidated and Line Consolidated School Districts
  • Repeals code sections that provide additional methods for selecting trustees of special municipal separate school districts

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

HB 275 - Assistant Teacher Forgivable Loan Program; revise to increase financial assistance to those pursuing teacher licensure.

  • Revises the Assistant Teacher Forgivable Loan Program to increase the amount of financial assistance available to teacher assistants to equal the actual cost of six three-hour courses per year
  • Removes the provision limiting the purpose of the loan for Critical Teacher Shortage Areas

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 280 - School district accreditation; require compliance with constitutional provisions and state laws as a minimum requirement for.

  • Requires all school districts, as a minimum requirement for accreditation, to be in compliance with applicable provisions of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, the Mississippi Code of 1972 and any other state law relating to school districts
  • Establishes a process for the State Department Of Education to receive and investigate complaints of alleged violations before the matter is referred to the State Board of Education and the Commission on School Accreditation
  • Authorizes the Board and Commission to take action against a school district, including withdrawal of accreditation, when the district fails to remedy the violations;
  • Brings forward code sections that relate to the appeals process and procedure followed by the Commission when school districts not meeting accreditation standards fail to take corrective action, for purposes of possible amendment

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 293 - School calendar; reduce number of days in scholastic year to 170.

  • Reduces the length of the public schools' scholastic year from 180 to 170 days
  • Reduces the minimum term allowed in school districts' contracts with licensed personnel from 187 to 177 days, and to require school districts to shorten the terms of contracts previously executed for the 2016-2017 school year, without any reduction to the annual salary set forth in each contract, accordingly
  • Clarifies that the teacher salary scale is applicable for all teachers whose contracts are for a term of no less than the statutorily prescribed number of days

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 312 - Hunter safety education program; authorize inclusion of in school curriculum.

  • Limits the course attendance to students in the sixth through twelfth grades
  • Requires the course to be taught by a person certified by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
  • Provides that the determination of whether to offer Hunter Safety Education in a school shall be in the discretion of the school district superintendents

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 315 - School boards; require itemized report of central office expenditures to be included in notice of advertisement for increase in ad valorem tax.

  • Requires the school boards of school districts requesting an increase in ad valorem tax effort in dollars for the support of the school district to include in its notice of advertisement of such request to include an itemized report of expenses of the central office and itemized audit report of district expenses
  • Requires such school board to also publish the notice of advertisement containing the itemized report and audit on the website of the school district and to make the notice available to the State Department of Education for publication on the department's website

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 347 - New Start School Program; repeal.

  • Repeals code section that establishes the "New Start School Program"

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 348 - School buses; allow students to drink water on.

  • Allows students to drink bottled water on school bus while traveling from home to school and from school to home
  • Provides that the water must be in its original labeled and clear, plastic bottle with an unbroken seal
  • Prohibits eating or drinking any other items or beverages on school buses
  • Provides an exception when traveling out-of-town for extracurricular activities or field trips

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 433 - Social studies curriculum; require citizenship examination as part of U.S. History or American Government courses.

  • 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 requires 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, to provide that the score obtained by the student on the assessment shall be calculated into the students overall grade for the social studies course of enrollment at the time of the assessment
  • Provides that beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the Board shall require the developed objectives to be incorporated into the United States History curriculum for American Government 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

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 442 - 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, 2017.

HB 466 - School districts under conservatorship; extend repealer on authority of SBE to appoint new school board in.

  • Extends the date of the repealer on those provisions authorizing the State Board of Education to appoint a new local school board, with the selection of members to be returned to the local community on a phased-in basis, in school districts under state conservatorship

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 499 - School board members; authorize removal of those in municipal and municipal separate school districts for just cause.

  • Provides for the removal of appointed board members by the appointing local governing authority for just cause
  • Board member can be removed if member misses more than 50 percent of meetings that are publicly noticed, unless absences caused by required military duty
  • Brings forward code section for the purpose of possible amendments

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

HB 503 - Cursive writing; direct the State Board of Education to incorporate into elementary education curriculum.

  • Requires the State Board of Education to incorporate instruction in cursive writing as a part of the basic elementary education curriculum

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 509 - Driver's education; require courses taught in schools to include program developed by DPS on how to properly respond to law enforcement when stopped.

  • Requires the Department of Public Safety to develop a program on how persons should respond to law enforcement officers when stopped
  • Requires driver's education programs taught in public schools to include a program developed by the Department of Public Safety on how persons should respond to law enforcement officers when stopped
  • Requires nonpublic schools that offer a driver's education program to include in such program the program developed by the department of public safety on how to respond to law enforcement officers when stopped

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 537 - Years of teaching experience; include years taught at postsecondary level in definition of.

  • Revises the definition of the term "year of teaching experience" to include person with nine months of actual teaching at postsecondary institutions
  • Will allow postsecondary teachers to teach in primary schools at their years of experience

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 564 - School employees; suspend license of those certified personnel who breach employment contract.

  • Requires the suspension of licenses of certified employees for arbitrary and willful breaches of employment contracts

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 565 - Compulsory School Attendance Law; clarify attendance for students participating in preapproved authorized school activity.

  • Clarifies the Compulsory School Attendance Law, by authorizing school districts to consider a compulsory-school-age child participating in a preapproved, authorized school activity as being present for the purpose of reporting average daily attendance
  • Includes 4-House FFA and serving as a page in the Legislature

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 566 - Administrative hearings; clarify authority of State Board of Education to subpoena witnesses.

  • Clarifies the authority of the State Board of Education to subpoena witness and compel compliance with subpoena in administrative hearings conducted by the Board

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 567 - Compulsory-school-age child; revise definition of by increasing required age to 18 years.

  • Revises the definition of a compulsory-school-age child by increasing the maximum age required for compulsory attendance to include children who have not attained the age of eighteen years on or before September 1 of the calendar year

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 580 - Mississippi Virtual Public School Program; bring forward.

  • Brings forward code section that provides for the creation of the Mississippi Virtual Public School Program, for the purpose of possible amendments.

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 581 - Schools At-Risk; repeal provision requiring the establishment of program of development for.

  • Repeals code section that requires the State Board of Education to establish a program of development for schools designated as schools at-risk for failing to meet accreditation standards, and which also provides for additional MAEP funds for the assistance of such programs, and which requires an evaluation team to analyze data for such programs

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 582 - EEF Procurement Cards; authorize issuance to all certified classroom teachers.

  • Provides that all certified classroom teachers shall receive an Education Enhancement Fund procurement card for the purchase of classroom supplies

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 866 - Statewide testing program; prohibit testing students in excess of three days during school year.

  • Provides that no student shall be tested under the statewide testing program for a period of exceeding three days within the scheduled three-week testing window established by the State Department of Education for the administration of statewide assessments in any given school year
  • Provides exceptions when students may be tested in excess of the three days due to required grade specific assessments or required assessment re-administrations due to testing irregularities and violations
  • Provides that no school district shall administer assessments in excess of twenty days during any scholastic year

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 868 - 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, 2017.

HB 872 - School accreditation; authorize SBE to approve certified teacher unit credits, to certain districts under certain circumstances.

  • Requires the Commission on School Accreditation, acting through the State Board of Education, to authorize the approval of certified teacher units, for purposes of accreditation and funding, to school districts with a reduced number of certified teaching professionals in a school, provided that a certified teaching professional is placed in the classroom with a noncertified teacher by the department of by the district

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 875 - School accreditation and failing school districts; revise process of state administration through process of district transformation.

  • Amends code sections relating to school and school district accreditation, revises the designation of schools and school districts under conservatorship as schools and school districts in district transformation
  • Renames the term conservator as interim superintendent
  • Districts will have to maintain a “C” or better for five consecutive years
  • Districts not absorbed by the District of Transformation but are eligible shall submit a district improvement plan to MDE for approval

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 905 - School districts; require uniform accounting system to address local, state and federal funds and transfer audit powers to SDE.

  • Requires the uniform accounting system prescribed by the State Department of Education for all school districts to include a method to keep records of all local, state and federal funds
  • Transfers the authority to conduct financial audits on school districts from the State Department of Audit to the State Department of Education

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1034 - 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

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1035 - MS Educator Dyslexia Awareness Act of 2017; create

  • To be known as the "Mississippi Educator Dyslexia Awareness Act of 2017"
  • Requires all educator preparation programs in the state to offer training in dyslexia awareness education beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Brings forward code section that prescribes requirements for teacher and administrator licenses, for purposes of possible amendment

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1036 - Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program; revise certain provision and expand eligibility.

  • Expands eligibility for participation in the programs to students in kindergarten through grade 12
  • Allows participation by any nonpublic schools in the state that are accredited by a state, regional or national accrediting organization
  • Requires the school district to perform a comprehensive dyslexia evaluation if a student fails the dyslexia screener or upon the request of the student's parent or legal guardian
  • Provides exceptions for students to participate in a program for which appropriate services are not offered in Mississippi
  • Provides participating schools greater autonomy by deleting the option to work in conjunction with the State Board of Education to establish the school calendar, develop curriculum and purchase of instructional materials and textbooks
  • Requires each participating nonpublic school to have its financial records audited annually by the State Auditor or a private accounting firm
  • Provides that no nonpublic school shall be required to alter its traditional and customary practices, policies or curriculum in order to accept a participating student
  • Brings forward code sections that are the remaining provisions of the Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for students with Dyslexia Program, for the purpose of possible amendments

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1037 - Dyslexia screenings; require local school districts to provide additional for students eligible for scholarship assistance.

  • Requires school districts to provide additional dyslexia screenings and comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations for students at any time the student is enrolled in public school at any time deemed necessary based on recommendations of a teacher or upon the request of a parent or legal guardian upon observing a substantial deficiency in a student's ability to maintain adequate academic performance due to the student's experiencing dyslexia-like symptoms
  • Requires school districts to perform a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation of a student who fails the dyslexia screener
  • Provides that the costs associated with subsequent dyslexia screening and comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation shall be paid for by the school district of the student's enrollment and attendance
  • Includes additional terms and definitions in the provisions of the Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for students with dyslexia
  • Subject to the availability funds the cost of the evaluation shall be reimbursed by the MDE not to exceed $1,000

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1046 - 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

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1050 - Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act; authorize issuance of procurement cards for use.

  • Provides for the issuance of ESA procurement cards and the regulation and enforcement relating to the use of such cards by the Department of Finance and Administration, the State Department Of Education or qualified nonprofit administering the program
  • Provides for the unused funds by a student to remain in that students ESA account combined with the following years allocation

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1224 - School districts; exempt those with "A" and "B" accountability ratings from certain duties.

  • Exempts school districts with "A" and "B" accountability ratings, 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 with "A" and "B" accountability ratings to receive funds for the implementation of innovative educational programs
  • Requires School Attendance Officers to visit the home or place of residence of a compulsory-school-age child within 72 hours of an unexcused absence for consultation with the parent or legal guardian of that child

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1227 - 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, 2017

HB 1296 - 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, 2017.

HB 1413 - Suspension and expulsion; clarify terms of disciplinary action resulting in and provide due process.

  • Clarifies the difference between disciplinary actions imposed upon students resulting in five or more days of suspension or expulsion from school
  • Provides the right to such students to a due process hearing at which they may be represented by legal counsel, present evidence and cross-examine school district witnesses
  • Provides for the right of appeal to the local school board
  • Stipulates that the burden of proof in all disciplinary proceedings shall be substantial evidence

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1414 - School employees; require superintendent provide notice of charges against when dismissed or suspended from work duties.

  • Requires the superintendent to notify a licensed school employee of charges against him before that employee is dismissed or suspended for five days or more
  • Requires the superintendent to notify a licensed school employee of charges against him before that employee is dismissed or suspended for five days or less and to provide that employee with the opportunity to respond to those charges and request a review of the superintendent's decision by the school board.

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1429 - Class size; require school boards to adopt policy adjusting at various grade levels for gifted education.

  • Requires local school districts to implement a policy reducing class sizes
  • Requires local school boards to adhere to statutory guidelines in the adoption and implementation of policies to reduce class size that would allow school districts to remain qualified for MAEP Funds

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017.

HB 1455 - 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, 2020
  • 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, 2017.

HB 1502 - 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 2018.

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2017, and shall stand repealed June 30, 2017.

HB 1703 - Tax Credit Scholarship; enact to provide qualifying students eligibility to use to cover eligible education expenses.

  • Creates the Tax Credit Scholarship Act
  • Provides that qualifying students shall be eligible to use a scholarship from certain scholarship organizations to cover eligible educational expenses
  • Provides for a tax credit not to exceed 50% of the taxpayers tax liability for contributions to certain scholarship organizations
  • Stipulates the requirements for nonpublic schools accepting students for enrollment who receive scholarships under the provisions of this act
  • Prescribes the requirements for scholarship organizations administering tax credit scholarships
  • Requires the Department of Revenue to provide an annual legislative report on the tax credits allowed under this act
  • Allows parents to request an assessment of educational progress of students enrolled
  • Prescribes the powers and duties of the Department of Revenue with regard to the administration of this act
  • Provides that nonpublic schools which admit students receiving tax credit scholarships are not agents of the state or federal government
  • Amends code section to provide that amounts received as tax credit scholarships to pay educational expenses shall be excluded from gross income

This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 2017.

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