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April 6, 2021
The Legislative Report
The 2021 regular Legislative Session concluded on Thursday, April 1, 2021. The main focus for Legislators in their final days was to finalize the FY 22 budget. The pre-K-12 education funding bill, HB 1387, was passed by both Houses on Monday, March 29. FY 22 education funding is increased by about 4% over FY 21 funding. HB 1387 also includes other provisions such as $51.4 million for the teacher pay raise and an additional $9.7 million for early learning collaboratives. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his approval. Below are a few of the education bills that have already been approved by the Governor:
  • HB 135 – Extend repealer on the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998. 

  • HB 633 – Requires the State Department of Education to implement a computer science curriculum in K-12 schools.

  • HB 852 – Teacher and assistant teacher pay raise bill.

  • HB 1047 – Deletes the caps on nationally certified nurses and speech pathologists and adds athletic trainers as eligible for salary supplements.

  • HB 1123 – Revises funding for the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013.

  • HB 1323 – Authorizes executive session for discussion of plans to combat human trafficking and commercial exploitation of children.

  • SB 2149 – Requires the Mississippi Department of Education to hold schools harmless when calculating average daily attendance for the 2020-2021 scholastic year.

  • SB 2536 – Enacts the Mississippi Fairness Act.
 
Two education bills also died this week. Bills that died are:
 
  • HB 1301 Aimed to create Comprehensive Career and Technical Education Reform Act.
 
  • SB 2664 – This was the mirror bill to HB 1123 which was already approved by Governor Reeves.
Legislative Update & School Law Review
Virtual Conference
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The Mississippi School Boards Association will hold the annual Legislative Update & School Law Review, virtually, on April 26-27, 2021.

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To register for the Legislative Update & School Law Review Virtual Conference, click here.
Day at the Capitol
MSBA’s Day at the Capitol was cancelled this year.
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Austin Gilbert
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