Mississippi

Mississippi legislators whittle down number of education bills

Flexible spending accounts, anti-bullying legislation still alive

Earlier this month, the Mississippi legislature allowed two bills to die that would have revamped the state’s school funding. Those bills were controversial and received much of the attention surrounding education legislation this year. But there are still several education bills alive that have passed either the House or Senate and have a chance of making it to the governor. Here’s a look at some of those bills:

  • The ABLE Act, which would create a flexible spending account to help individuals with disabilities pay for certain expenses, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee last
  • House Bill No. 466 defines when school districts under conservatorship can come out of that status. If the bill is signed into law, school districts would remain under control of a conservator for seven years, or until they receive a “C” rating by the state for three years in a row. (I examined Mississippi’s policies on state takeovers for this 2014 article and found that not only is it difficult to take over failing districts, especially in rural areas, but Mississippi has struggled in the past to determine when to pull out of districts. In the wake of conservatorships, many Mississippi districts struggle with academic performance and see test scores drop.)

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Jackie Mader

Jackie Mader is multimedia editor. She has covered preK-12 education and teacher preparation nationwide, with a focus on the rural south. Her work has appeared… See Archive