Yesterday, Governor Bryant vetoed Senate Bill 2161. To learn more about SB 2161, read our most recent blog post, “Senate Bill 2161: What does it mean for educational standards in Mississippi?” By the Governor vetoing the bill, the Commission will not be created, and the other provisions of the bill are dropped.

A few things to be aware of…

  1. According to the Mississippi Constitution, the Legislature gets 3 days to override a veto whenever the Legislature comes back in session. As a result, there is a possibility that the Legislature could still move SB 2161 forward without the approval of the Governor, but this is unlikely as overriding a Governor’s veto is rare.
  2. There is also a possibility that the Governor can call a special session to discuss the educational standards, but there is no guarantee the Legislature will pass a new or different bill. Special sessions are costly to the taxpayer, so the Governor is unlikely to call one solely about this issue.
  3. It is also important to note that prior to the passage of SB 2161, the Mississippi Department of Education dropped the Common Core State Standards’ copyright. The standards for English and mathematics are now referred to as the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards, not the Common Core State Standards.
  4. The Mississippi Department of Education has announced their new statewide assessment contract with Questar Assessment, Inc. The new assessment will replace PARCC for the next school year. Mississippi is no longer a member of the PARCC consortium.

Mississippi First will continue to watch the Capitol closely as new information is released on the status of the standards. Mississippi First is dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of the Mississippi College-and Career-Readiness Standards. We work to dispel myths and advocate for high-quality implementation of the standards. Continue to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and on our website for updates on Mississippi’s educational standards and assessments.

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