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Senate Education Bills 2011

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

 

SENATE BILL 2371 – 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 also provides for interagency cooperation with the SLDS and provides for an SLDS governing board.  
Effective Date: July 1, 2013

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 03/14/11
  • Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2372 – Would authorize local school boards to approve the use of school buses for the transportation of citizens attending an air show held on a military base located in the school district.
Effective Date: Shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 3/14/11
  • Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2383 – Would clarify that a student participating in a General Educational Development (GED) program under a school district agreement with a community college or other local entity shall not be deemed a dropout for funding purposes.  
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Recommitted to Committee
  • Died In Committee

SENATE BILL 2388 - Authorizes the State Board of Education to issue policies regarding financial reimbursements to sponsoring school districts for services to students placed in youth detention centers.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed As Amended, which shall stand repealed from and after June 30, 2011
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/26/11
  • Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2389 – Requires homeschooled students to be tested prior to transfer into a public school district for grade assignment purposes.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

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

SENATE BILL 2390– Would clarify the procedure for executing and distributing school textbook publishing contracts.   
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted To Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due From Governor 03/14/11
  • Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2392 – Provides specific grounds for revocation or suspension of a teacher or administrator’s license for sexual misconduct.  Would clarify the requirements for issuing a standard license based upon reciprocity.  Amends sections 97-5-24 and 37-11-35, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide a legal duty for school superintendents to report incidences of sexual involvement of school employees with a student and to provide criminal penalties for failure to report.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

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

SENATE BILL 2433 – Revises the school district requirements for the distribution of the procedural safeguards document related to children with an identified disability.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/06/11
  • Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2504 – Would change the qualifying date requirement for school board trustees in certain special municipal separate school districts embracing an entire county.  
Effective Date: Shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.

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

SENATE BILL 2511 – Would clarify that the local school board is authorized to reject bids for hunting and fishing rights on sixteenth section school land and hold an auction among those who submitted bids. Board may accept highest bid or reject all bids and hold an auction where the base bid is the highest bid received.  Must have three or more bidders to hold auction most recent holder of hunting and fishing rights will have the opportunity to match the highest bid in order to retain rights to the property.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended, which would only allow persons who have a current Mississippi resident Hunting license may submit bid in auction.
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/06/11
  • Approved By Governor

SENATE BILL 2529 – 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 Senate Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned To Senate For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/26/11
  • Approved by Governor

    Board may accept highest bid or reject all bids and hold an auction where the base bid is the highest bid received.  Must have three or more bidders to hold auction most recent holder of hunting and fishing rights will have the opportunity to match the highest bid in order to retain rights to the property

SENATE BILL 2531 – Repeal section 37-13-10, Mississippi Code of 1972, which provides components for the state department of education reading sufficiency program of instruction.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

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

SENATE BILL 2536 – An act to delete the automatic repealer on the provision allowing parental choice for the placement of twins in the same or in separate classrooms and to amend section 37-43-1, Mississippi Code of 1972 to authorize local school boards to offer surplus inventory textbooks to parents or guardians of students residing in the school district.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

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

SENATE BILL 2547 – Would amend section 27-39-207, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that the required newspaper publication for the school board’s annual ad valorem tax assessment for the support of the school district shall not be required  if no millage rate increase in proposed.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Committee Substitute Adopted
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee;Ways and Means
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Amended
  • Passed As Amended
  • Returned For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/06/11
  • Approved By Governor

SENATE BILL 2557 –This bill cleans up language in the career pathway bill that was passed during the 2010 legislative session.  This bill changes the number of course unit requirements for graduation from 20 to 21, which makes it consistent with other offerings.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Reconsidered
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/26/11
  • Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2631 – Creates a task force to study teacher salary scale in orders to solve the current teacher shortage in Mississippi and to make recommendations to the 2012 regular session of the legislature. The bill provides for the membership of the task force.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

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

SENATE BILL 2655 – Shared Services bill.  Would authorize the Department of Finance and Administration to make electronic transfers of MAEP funds to school districts for payroll purposes. 
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Passsed House Education Committee As Amended
  • Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/06/11
  • Approved By Governor

SENATE BILL 2659 - Prohibits counties or municipalities from designating a local holiday in lieu of Veterans Day and to direct public schools to conduct exercises in honor of Armistice (Veterans) Day. 
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Committee
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee As Amended
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Held on Motion to Reconsider
  • Motion to Reconsider Tabled
  • Returned For Concurrence
  • Decline to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/06/11
  • Approved By Governor

SENATE BILL 2684 – Would amend section 37-3-9, Mississippi code of 1972, to provide that the salary of the State Superintendent of Public Education shall be set by the state board of education, subject to the approval of the state personnel board, rather than fixed as a percentage of the salary of the Commissioner of Higher Education.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee As Committee Substitute, which removed the State Personnel Board language
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Held on a Motion to Reconsider
  • Reconsidered
  • Passed
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 3/16/11
  • Approved by Governor

SENATE BILL 2710 – Repeal sections 37-151-15, 37-151-17, 37-151-19, 37-151-21 and 37-151-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, which establish a council for education technology, prescribe its membership, define its responsibilities and create a state public school education technology fund.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

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

SENATE BILL 2774 – Provides authorization for conversion charter schools under which existing public schools meeting certain criteria may convert to charter school status.  The bill further provides authorization for new open-enrollment public charter schools in the State of Mississippi.  The bill provides that such open-enrollment public charter schools shall be organized as nonprofit tax-exempt organizations.  Provides criteria for academic achievements at the public charter schools and that certain state funds shall go directly to the newly established public charter schools on a per-pupil expenditure basis.  Provides that such public charter school may use a weighted lottery system to fill enrollment seats and provides for the governance of such public charter schools and that teachers shall be employees of the public charter schools.  The bill provides that the State Board of Education shall issue regulations and provide reporting and transportation of student attending public charter schools.  Finally, the bill provides for probation and revocation of public charter schools by the State Superintendent of Education.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011.

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

SENATE BILL 2798 –Allows the State Board of Education to study how best to merge and consolidate more than 15 reports into one report.  This bill will provide efficiency in reporting from school districts to MDE.
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee as Committee Substitute
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee;Appropriations
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House
  • Transmitted to Senate
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Approved By Governor

SENATE BILL 2869 – Revise and clarifies the provisions relating to dual enrolled students and dual credit students.  
Effective Date: July 1, 2011

  • Passed Senate Education Committee
  • Passed Full Senate
  • Transmitted To House
  • Referred To House Education Committee
  • Passed House Education Committee
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Held on Motion to Reconsider
  • Reconsidered
  • Tabled Subject to Call
  • Amended, which says that each school district shall have a grading policy that is uniform by school grade designation.  The grading policy is not required to be uniform across all grade levels.  If the district is going to mandate or require the awarding of a minimum grade, then the district must adopt a written policy that includes input and support from administrators, teachers, and stakeholders in the development of said policy.
  • Passed Full House As Amended
  • Returned for Concurrence
  • Declined to Concur/Invite Conference
  • Conference Report Filed
  • Conference Report Adopted in Senate
  • Conference Report Adopted in House
  • Enrolled Bill Signed
  • Due from Governor 04/26/11
  • Approved by Governor