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House Education Bills 2011

 2011 Legislative Session 
April 28, 2011 (4:10 p.m.)

 

HOUSE BILL 259 – Extends the date of repeal on the pilot program established within the State Department of Education to offer Italian language classes to students in kindergarten through grade 12 in certain school districts.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 383 – Would create the Mississippi Foundation for Early Childhood Development, a public-private partnership that shall identify methods to increase student preparedness for school at the kindergarten level.  The bill would provide for the makeup of the Board of Trustees for the foundation, require the board to match funds appropriated by the State with private funds for the purpose of providing grants for certain programs.  The bill would require the legislature to annually appropriate funds for the support of the Mississippi Foundation for early Childhood development for purposes of implementing an early childhood grant program.  The bill would require the State Superintendent of Public Education to make grants to a private nonprofit organization to aid the Mississippi Foundation for Early Childhood Development.  The bill would require the foundation to adopt a system of evaluation to make available to the public the results of the evaluation.  Requires all agencies, departments, institutions and political subdivisions of the state that provide programs or services to children in the state to create, annually, an itemized  list of the programs and services provided to children so that the list can be utilized by the foundation.  Require that the list contain a description of programs and services, a resource mapping of all federal, state and local funds received, cost associated with the programs and services, the number of children served by the program and any performance measures used to assess the programs and services shall be provided to the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University not later than September 1 of each year. The bill provides that the Stennis Institute shall compile the information in those lists into one document and make the information available to the foundation by December 1 of each year.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Select Committee on Poverty
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Education;Public Health and Welfare
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 577 – Would authorize school boards to implement a financial literacy curriculum for students in high school.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 608 – Provides for the development of a state longitudinal data system (SLDS) to establish a multiagency database to track education and student outcomes in the workforce.  The bill provides for interagency cooperation with the state longitudinal data system and would establish a state longitudinal data system governing board and provide for its composition.  The bill would prescribe the powers and duties of the board.  The bill would further require that the data provided to the state longitudinal data system be provided in accordance with all applicable laws governing the protection and sharing of data.
Effective Date: July 1, 2013

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Died On Calendar

HOUSE BILL 619 – Directs the State Department of Education to conduct a survey of each public school district to determine the feasibility of enrolling children in public school kindergarten who attain five years of age on July 1, as opposed to September 1.  The bill would require a report of the department’s findings be presented to the legislature for consideration by January 1, 2012.
Effective Date: Shall take effect and be in force from and after it passage.

  • Passed House Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 623 – Requires school districts to allow any public school student who has never been subject to disciplinary action who commits an act or engages in conduct for which the student otherwise would be suspended or expelled under the school district’s discipline plan, at the election of the student, to participate in a community service program as an alternative to suspension or expulsion.  While participating in the program, the student shall receive youth peer counseling deemed appropriate by the school district.  The bill provides that upon satisfactory completion of the community service program, the student record of the student’s offensive act or conduct shall be expunged.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Tabled Subject To Call
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 636 –Clarify language that superintendent’s may test homeschool students transitioning into their district.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed House with amendment, which returns existing language to the bill that says, if any student is transferred or reassigned within the school district by order of the board of trustees of that school district as designated by law of the State of Mississippi and not at his own request, the requirement of that pupil’s taking the standardized test shall be waived.  Likewise, if a pupil shall transfer from one school district to another school district in the manner provided and required by the laws of the State of Mississippi, the requirement of such pupil taking the standardized test shall be waived. 
  • Motion To Reconsider
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amend From Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 3/17/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 637 – Repeals Section 37-11-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, and to amend section 2, chapter 484, laws of 2009, which would delete the automatic repealer on the provision allowing parental choice for the placement of twins in the same or in separate classrooms. The bill would also authorize local school boards to offer surplus inventory textbooks to parents and guardians of students residing in the school district.   
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

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

HOUSE BILL 638 – Authorizes the State Department of Education to issue polices regarding financial reimbursements to sponsoring school districts for services to students placed in youth detention centers.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Passed Senate Education Committee To Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Held on Motion to Reconsider
  • Died on Calendar

HOUSE BILL 639 – Clarifies that a student participating in a General Education Development (GED) program under a school district agreement with a community or junior college or other local entity shall not be deemed a dropout.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amend From Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 3/17/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 641 – Provides specific grounds for revocation or suspension of a teacher’s or administrator’s license for sexual misconduct with a student.  The bill would clarify the requirements for issuing a standard license based upon reciprocity.  The bill would also amend sections 97-5-24 and school principals and superintendents to report incidences of sexual involvement of school employees with a student and to establish criminal penalties for failure to report.  
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Motion to Reconsider
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 4/26/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 642 – Provides components for the State Department of Education reading sufficiency program of instruction.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Vetoed
  • Vetoed Referred to Education

HOUSE BILL 643 – Amends section 37-43-25, Mississippi Code of 1972, which would clarify the procedure for executing and distributing school textbook publishing contracts.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Died On Calendar

HOUSE BILL 644 – Provides that the State Department of Education may take certain corrective action in school districts where an emergency has been declared due to the majority of schools in the district under Schools-At-Risk status for any one year.  Amend sections 37-18-3 and 37-18-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, to clarify the responsibilities of the state department of education relative to evaluating School-At-Risk data and to delete the specific membership requirements for a local parent/citizen advisory council as part of the At-Risk school evaluation process.  Amend 37-18-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, to revise the sanctions to revise the specific sanctions against teachers, principals, school district administrative office personnel, and superintendents based upon the length of time the school has been under At-Risk status, and to delete the authority of the State Board of Education to request the removal or a referendum to remove the members of the school board of a school district which has been under At-Risk status for three years.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Died In Conference

HOUSE BILL 868 – Would direct the state department of health to apply for federal grants and to provide an influenza vaccination school program in Mississippi for school-aged children five through eighteen years of age and would provide certain standards for the program.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Public Health and Welfare;Appropriations
  • Passed As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amend From Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 3/30/11
  • Vetoed
  • Veto Referred to Public Health and Human Services
  • Allow Governor's Veto to Stand

HOUSE BILL 911 – The bill encourages the State Board of Education to establish the Mississippi Senior Cadets program.  Provides that the purpose of the program is to reduce poor academic scores and high drop0ut rates throughout the state.  Would authorize the State Department of Education to create rules and regulations to administer the program. The bill would establish minimum guidelines for students who participate in the program.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 962 – Establishes a Motivating Parents and Children (M.P.A.C.) pilot program with the State Department of Education for the purpose of making grants to school districts that provide parental involvement services to families of compulsory-school-age children.  Authorizes the State Department of Education to develop and implement the M.P.A.C. pilot program. Prescribes the basic components of services to be offered by school districts under the pilot program.  Provides an application and selection procedure for school districts participating in the pilot program.  Requires parents to attend conferences and other functions of school districts participating in the pilot program. Provides that children under 18 residing in school districts participating in the M.P.A.C. pilot program who withdraw from school may have their driver’s license suspended.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Referred to Public Health and Human Services
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Passed Senate Education Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Decline To Concur/Invite To Conference
  • Died in Conference

HOUSE BILL 999 – Would require each school board to adopt a sex-related education policy to implement abstinence-only or abstinence-plus education into its local school district’s curriculum by June 30, 2012, or to require the local school board to adopt the program developed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Department of Health.  The bill requires the State Department to approve each district’s curriculum for sex-related education and establish a protocol to be used by districts to provide continuity in teaching the approved curriculum.  The bill provides that instruction in school districts implementing abstinence-plus education into the curriculum may be expanded beyond the instruction for abstinence-only education within the parameters approved by the Department.  
The bill would define abstinence-plus education; remove authority given to local school boards to vote in favor of teaching sex education without any instruction on abstinence.  The bill prohibits any teaching that abortion can be used to prevent the birth of a baby.  The bill would require boys and girls to be separated into different classes by gender at all times when sex-related education is discussed or taught.  The bill would further revise the duties of the teen pregnancy task force and to extend the date of the repeal on the task force to July, 1, 2016. Finally, the bill would require the State Department of Mental Health and the State Department of Education, subject to the availability of funds, establish a pilot program in each health care district, located in a school district in a county having the highest number of teen pregnancies.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full House
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion To Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amendment from State
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 3/16/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1125 –Would create the Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee.  The bill provides for the membership and terms of members of the advisory committee; and set forth the duties of the advisory committee.
Effective Date: Shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

  • Passed House Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1126 – Authorizes local school boards to purchase easements for access to sixteenth section lands or lieu lands.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Reconsidered
  • Amended
  • Passed As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1144 - This bill aligns state law with federal guidelines.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Decline To Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 4/26/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1147 – The bill provides legislative oversight over the Mississippi High School Activities Association. The bill would also provide for the appointment of legislative members to serve as advisors to the association’s executive committee as ex officio members.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 1156 – Exempts certain school districts from the requirement to operate its schools for the minimum of 180 days in the event of extreme weather conditions, would allow such affected school districts to receive per pupil expenditure payments from the State Department of Education for a maximum of ten days. Would allow a school district that is allowed to alter its school term due to certain declared disasters or states of emergency to receive payments for the average daily attendance cost of pupils for a maximum of ten days. To authorize the State Board of Education to make a determination of altering a school district’s calendar on a case-by-case basis in the event of certain weather conditions not declared as a state of emergency.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011, and shall stand repealed on June 30, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Immediate Release
  • Transmitted To House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 02/15/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1163 – Authorizes the State Superintendent of Public Education, The Commissioner of Higher Education and the Executive Director of the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges to develop a comprehensive report and recommendations on the implementation and operations of “Early College High Schools.”  The bill would require that the report be submitted to the 2012 legislature with specific recommendations on the establishment of an Early College High School pilot program in Mississippi.  The bill further requires the State Board of Education, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges, to study and develop a comprehensive report and recommendations on the establishment of an adult high school diploma.  The bill further provides for certain legislative members and a gubernatorial appointment to serve on the study panel for the establishment of an adult high school diploma. The bill would repeal section 37-15-37, Mississippi Code of 1972, which provides authority to local school districts and the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning to establish dual enrollment programs allowing certain high school students to enroll in State Institutions of Higher Learning. 
Effective Date: From and after its passage.  

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee;Universities and Colleges
  • Passed Full Senate As Amended
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Decline To Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 4/26/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1177 – Would create the joint education and mental health study committee to study and make annual recommendations to the Governor and the regular session of the legislature regarding the need for assistance in shaping public policy to improve student outcomes and educational opportunities for students with serious emotional, behavioral disorders.  The bill provides for the membership of the task force; to set forth the duties of the task force; to create a joint legislative study committee on reforming the Mississippi education system for children, youth and transition-aged youth with mental health needs.  The bill authorizes the committee to make a report t the legislature and to set forth the duties of the study committee.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee;Public Health and Welfare
  • Passed Senate Education Committee As Amended;Education To Public Health
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Decline To Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 4/26/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1178 –Students transitioning from a youth detention center will be placed in the alternative school setting and districts will have ten (10) days to evaluate the student and make the determination to place the student in the traditional classroom setting.  Students transitioning from a group home of foster care will be placed in the alternative school setting and districts will have five (5) days to evaluate the student and make the determination to place the student in the traditional classroom setting.  This bill continues to allow district administrators to make the final decision on placement.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Passed Senate As Amended
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Returned To House For Concurrence
  • Concurred in Amendment From Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 03/17/11
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1203 – Would create the Mississippi Upstart Project to serve as a home-based educational technology program to develop school readiness skills of preschool children.  The bill authorizes the State Board of Education to contract with the Waterford Institute for purposes of providing delivery of the program for preschool children. The bill prescribes the responsibilities and duties of the provider for the administration of the program.  The bill would authorize local schools to participate in Mississippi Upstart if the local board agrees to work in cooperation with the contractor.  The bill authorizes family participation and would prescribe the manner of soliciting family participation.  The bill would authorize the State Board of Education or participating school distort to purchase certain equipment and services to be used for Mississippi Upstart.  The bill further requires the State Board of education to make an annual report by November 30 each year and require that financial literacy be included as a component of the Mississippi Upstart program.  
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 1227 – Authorize local school boards to disburse certain funds, if the prescribed conditions are met, to a nonprofit foundation that exists to enhance the public educational experience and quality of instruction for students in that school district.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed House Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Point of Order Raised
  • Set Aside-Pending Ruling of chair
  • Amendment Ruled Improper
  • Passed Full House
  • Referred To Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved by Governor

HOUSE BILL 1278 – Clarifies that the annual rental for the lease of sixteenth section school lands other than lands classified as industrial or commercial is an amount equal to the fair market rental value of those lands.  The bill provides that the lessee of sixteenth section lands classified as residential or farm-residential has the right to hire an appraiser, and to require any conflict in the fair market rental value determined by the appraiser hired by the lessee and the appraiser hired by the school board to be resolved by averaging the two appraisals.  
Effective Date: July 1, 2011 and shall stand repealed on June 30, 2011

  • Passed House Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Read the Third Time
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Died In Committee

HOUSE BILL 1494 – 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 fiscal year 2012.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Appropriations
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Referred to Appropriations
  • Passed Senate Appropriations Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Died In Conference
  • Suspended from Deadline by HC 145
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted House and Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed