Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Legislature’

Twelve groups petitioning for charter school authorization

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A dozen groups have filed applications for the first charter schools in Mississippi. Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommie Cardin released Saturday the list of groups that met the 5 p.m. Friday deadline. Lawmakers in 2013 approved an expanded law allowing charter schools — public schools run by private groups that agree […] [...]

Controversial religious freedom bill not dead yet

JACKSON — Mississippi House members want to study a much-disputed religious practices bill, keeping it alive for possible further action. The House passed Senate Bill 2681 by an 80-37 vote yesterday after it had been amended to call for a study panel of the combined House and Senate Judiciary committees. An amendment that inserts the […] [...]

Senate passes bill to increase education funding

JACKSON — Senators are supporting an additional $60 million for Mississippi’s education funding formula. The Senate voted 26-24 yesterday to adopt an amendment to House Bill 1476 — the state K-12 budget — taking money from Medicaid and moving it to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Eight Republicans crossed party lines to vote with all […] [...]

Pickering praises passage of new auditing legislation

JACKSON — Legislation allowing the State Auditor’s Office to conduct compliance and performance audits on state-funded economic development bond programs has unanimously passed both the House of Representatives and Senate. It is now on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has supported the need for such legislation since his service as state auditor, according […] [...]

Bill repeals law requiring later start to school year

JACKSON — House leaders are giving up on requiring school to start later in August. The House passed Senate Bill 2571 Tuesday, repealing a 2012 law saying public schools can start class no earlier than August’s third Monday. The bill was held for more debate. If House members reject that, it would go to Gov. […] [...]

State Senate approves school-takeover bill

JACKSON — Requirements for the Mississippi Department of Education to take over dozens of struggling schools would be eased under a proposal moving forward in the Legislature. The state Senate approved an amended version of House Bill 455 today, sending it back to the House for more work. Today, the state would be required to […] [...]

Lawmakers debating alternative to Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — The Mississippi House and Senate will attempt to work out their differences on a proposal to expand state subsidies to health clinics. The efforts, proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant, are meant as a partial alternative to expanding the Medicaid insurance program for poorer people. The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill […] [...]

Union-restricting legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices. The House passed a package of five bills yesterday, four of which will return to the Senate for more work because they were amended by the House. The other, Senate Bill 2689, would stop […] [...]

Senate passes teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has unanimously passed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015. The plan also raises beginning teacher salaries to keep Mississippi’s brightest teachers in the state. “This […] [...]

Reeves, Tollison introduce teacher salary legislation

JACKSON — Current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay over the next 16 months while starting salaries would rise under a plan presented yesterday by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison. The proposal also includes a stipend to reward teachers for academic improvement at schools. “The Senate’s […] [...]

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