Pre-K in the 2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 legislative session was a wild ride for pre-K. Our bill to permanently change the per-pupil funding rate, HB 1246, died late in the session due to unrelated politics. This bill would have increased the state share of per-pupil pre-K funds from $2,150 to $2,500 per child—an increase of $350 per child in state…

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Pre-K in the 2022 Legislative Session

2022 Legislative Review

2022 Legislative Review With a wild 2022 legislative session finally coming to a close, we thought it would be helpful to summarize the ideas that survived the legislative process. Teacher pay and the controversial “critical race theory” bill have dominated headlines in recent months, but the 2022 legislative session also produced a number of lesser-known…

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2022 Legislative Review

Teacher Pay Raise A Reality!

HB 530 is now a reality! This historic teacher pay raise will go into effect starting the 2022-2023 school year and is a step forward in improving Mississippi’s educator pipeline crisis. We have been receiving many questions about the details of the new law. To see our frequently asked questions, click here. If you have any…

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Teacher Pay Raise A Reality!

Teacher Pay Raise Closer to Reality

Conferees from the House and Senate met this morning for the first official conference committee meeting for House Bill 530. Though the meeting ended without a final deal, there may finally be a teacher pay raise proposal that both chambers can agree on. How did we get here? HB 530—the only teacher pay raise bill…

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Teacher Pay Raise Closer to Reality

Senate Bill 2423: Teacher Licensure

Committee Education Author Dennis DeBar, Jr. Session 2022 Session Conferees failed to produce a conference report amenable to a majority of conferees by the March 28 deadline. SB 2423 is now dead. However, the supplemental endorsement provision of SB 2423 has been added to the final version of HB 1388, which was signed into law…

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Senate Bill 2423: Teacher Licensure

House Bill 1388: Comprehensive Career and Technical Education Reform Act

Committee Workforce Development; Education Author Philip Gunn Session 2022 Session House Bill 1388, also known as the Comprehensive Career and Technical Education Reform Act, would enact a number of measures intended to promote the career and technical education (CTE) pathway as a viable option for students in Mississippi public schools. These measures include implementing a…

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House Bill 1388: Comprehensive Career and Technical Education Reform Act

Senate Bill 2430: Educational Facilities Revolving Loan Fund Program

Committee Education; Appropriations Author Dennis DeBar Session 2022 Session Senate Bill 2430 would create the Educational Facilities Revolving Loan Fund Program to provide interest-free loans to K-12 public schools as well as public community and junior colleges across Mississippi for the purpose of improving educational facilities. The bill would deposit $200 million in the newly-created…

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Senate Bill 2430: Educational Facilities Revolving Loan Fund Program