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.