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2017 Senate 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.

SB 2036 - School board members; all elected beginning with the November 2019 general election.

  • Enacts the "Nonpartisan School Board Election Act"
  • Provides that beginning with the November 2019 general election, the members of the county boards of education, the trustees of consolidated school districts, the elected trustees from the special municipal separate school districts and trustees elected from added territory shall be elected in a nonpartisan election concurrent with the state general election
  • Provides that the terms of office of all elected school board members shall be four years
  • Provides for nominating petitions to run for the office of elected school board members and a uniform number of signatures on said petitions of nomination
  • Provides the procedure for filling vacancies in the office of elected school board members
  • Requires the Board of Trustees of the Natchez-Adams Special Municipal Separate School District to be elected
  • Provides that the new Natchez-Adams County School Board shall be elected from districts that are the same as the Board of Supervisors districts
  • Provides that the election for the school board shall be a nonpartisan election
  • Prescribes the procedures to be used if a vacancy occurs on the school board
  • Provides that the candidate with the highest number of votes shall be declared elected
  • Repeals code sections which provide certain methods for electing trustees of municipal separate school districts from added territory

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

SB 2042 - Prekindergarten programs; establish Early Childhood Services Interagency Coordinating Council.

  • Prescribes additional duties for the State Early Childhood Advisory Council

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

SB 2136 - School district in-service training for student suicide prevention education; require model policy.

  • Requires local school districts to adopt a policy on student suicide prevention
  • Prescribes standards for the required policy and
  • Authorizes the State Department of Education and the State Department of Mental Health
  • Develops in-service training standards for suicide prevention education

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

SB 2273 - Cursive writing; direct State Board of Education to require in elementary education curriculum.

  • Requires the State Board of Education to ensure 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.

SB 2315 - Local school boards; prescribe educational qualifications.

  • Prescribes qualifications for members of local School Boards
  • School Board members selected after July 1, 2017 shall have a minimum of an associate degree or 60 semester hours, a 2.0 GPA and proof of requirement in the form of a certified transcript

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

SB 2398 - Qualifications for school superintendents; revise

  • Revises the qualifications for selection of superintendents of school districts
  • Shall have not less than six years which shall include at least three years of administrative experience as a school building principal
  • Has to be in a school with an “A” or “B” accountability rating or a school that increased its accountability rating by a letter grade or a school with comparable accountability rating
  • If a superintendent was elected in the November 15 general election that occurs before January 2, 2019, the office of superintendent shall be appointed by the school board

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

SB 2413 - School district employees; remove authority of local school board to delegate employment recommendations.

  • Deletes the authority of local School Boards to delegate the authority to recommend school district employees for employment contracts

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

SB 2431 - Failing school districts; authorize the State Board of Education to place into "District Transformation Status."

  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to appoint an Interim Superintendent as opposed to a Conservator for the administration of schools in a school district in which the Governor has declared a state of emergency for violations of accreditation standards
  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to place a school district in which the Governor has declared a second state of emergency for violations of accreditation standards into "district transformation status" until it has attained a "C" rating and may return to local control
  • Authorizes the State Board of Education to require such failing school districts to develop and implement a district improvement plan with the support of the State Department of Education under certain conditions
  • Directs the Interim Superintendent to present a Corrective Action Plan to move the school district out of District Transformation status to local control
  • Extends the automatic repealer on the section providing for alternative school board composition in school districts under conservatorship
  • Clarifies the provisions of the Mississippi Achievement School District law
  • Repeals code that provides for the transfer of certain failing public schools to a new start school program
  • Districts that are eligible to be absorbed by Achievement School District but are not shall develop and implement a district improvement plan with prescriptive guidance from MDE

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

SB 2432 - Mississippi Occupational Diploma for students with disabilities and career track program; repeal.

  • Provides that the special Mississippi Occupational Diploma for students with disabilities shall not be available to any student entering the ninth grade in the 2017-2018 school year or thereafter
  • Amends code section to provide that the Career Track Program for students not pursuing a Baccalaureate degree shall not be available to any student entering the ninth grade in the 2017-2018 school year or thereafter

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

SB 2459 – Compulsory school attendance; increase maximum age to 17.

  • Revises the definition of a compulsory-school-age child by including kindergarten-age children and by increasing the maximum age required for compulsory attendance to include children who have not attained the age of 18 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.

SB 2461 - School district consolidation; require in Perry County.

  • Provides that in the Perry County and Richton School districts there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Perry County School District effective July 1, 2019
  • Provides for the composition of the Board of Education of the new Perry County 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 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
  • 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.
               

SB 2463School district consolidation; require in Chickasaw County

  • Provides that in the Chickasaw County and Houston Municipal Separate School District there shall be an administrative consolidation into one school district to be designated as the Chickasaw County School District effective July 1, 2019
  • Provides for a Superintendent of Schools for the new Chickasaw County School District
  • Provides for the composition of the Board of Education of the new Chickasaw County 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 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
  • 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.

SB 2575 - "Mississippi Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act of 2017"; establish.

  • Establishes an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program administered by the Mississippi Development Authority to provide financial assistance to low- and middle-income families seeking educational options for their children
  • Authorizes the income tax credit for business firms making contributions to qualified educational scholarship organizations or educational improvement organizations and provides standards and limitations for such contributions
  • Provides that the scholarships received by an eligible student from a scholarship organization are deductible as an adjustment to gross income

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

SB 2585 - Educational expenses at qualified private schools; individual income tax credits for.

  • Provides a state income tax deduction for educational expenses by parents who send their children or dependents to a qualified private school or a homeschool program

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

SB 2607 - Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula; bring forward.

  • Requires financial transparency and accountability reporting by the State Department of Education
  • Brings forward code sections that are the formula for determination of annual allocations for current operation of schools under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and the computation of the required local revenue in support of the Adequate Education Program
  • Brings forward code sections which provide for the annual adoption of local school district budgets
  • Brings forward code sections which provide for school district accountability and accreditation standards, define gifted students, authorize and set limitations on ad valorem tax levies for the maintenance of school districts, provide a limitation on aggregate receipts from taxes for school purposes and authority for a referendum in order to exceed that limitation

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

SB 2947 - Income tax; authorize credit for expenditures for participation of a child in a private elementary or high school program.

  • Authorizes an income tax credit in the amount of the unreimbursed educational expenditures made by a taxpayer in connection with enrollment, attendance, or participation of the taxpayer's dependent child in a private elementary or high school education program or homeschooling in Mississippi
  • Provides that the amount of such credit shall not exceed an amount equal to the state share of the adequate education program payments for each student in average daily attendance at the school district in which the dependent child resides
This act shall take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 2017.


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