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New school start-date legislation signed by Bryant

JACKSON — Mississippi schools won’t be forced to start the academic year in late August, as they had been expecting to do. Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed Senate Bill 2571. It negates a previous law that would’ve delayed the start of the school year until at least the third Monday in August. Gulf Coast tourism officials had pushed for the ...

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Lawmakers pass teacher pay bill, but is it legal?

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday passed a bill meant to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, but school board leaders say they don’t believe the proposal is legal. The dispute is wrapped up in an effort by school boards and superintendents to roll back a 2012 legislative mandate that classes can’t start before the third Monday in ...

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Legislators approve bill moving start of school year

JACKSON — Mississippi public schools would be required to start on the third Monday or later under a measure moving through the Legislature. The state Senate voted 29-21 for House Bill 707 yesterday. Under the bill, the earliest possible school day would be anywhere from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21. The House had mandated a start date of the fourth ...

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Lawmakers approve school year option

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has voted to give school districts the option of keeping children in class five fewer days for each of the next two years. That would take the academic year from 180 days to 175. Districts also could remove five non-instructional days. Senate Education Committee Chairman Videt Carmichael of Meridian says shortening the school year would ...

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