2014 Priority Bills

Each year, The Parents’ Campaign closely monitors and takes a position on several education bills. Below are the priority bills for the 2014 legislative session.

Law

HB 1476 – Level funds MAEP for FY15 (2014-2015 school year), except for $25-million to cover the first half-year of a teacher pay raise; underfunds MAEP for FY15 by $265-million;  provides additional funding in other K-12 areas, including the next phase of the literacy initiative, the Educable Child Program, early childhood education, and classroom supplies; fully funds the Chickasaw Cession and the National Board Certification program.
• Passed by House; 117 yeas,  0 nays, 5 absent/not voting; 2/20/14
• Held on a motion to reconsider; 2/20/14
• Tabled the motion to reconsider (this was a vote to send the bill to the Senate without allowing amendments to increase MAEP funding); 66 yeas, 53 nays, 3 absent/not voting; 2/25/14  See Vote
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay on the vote to table the motion to reconsider the bill.
• Transmitted to Senate, 2/26/14
• Amended by Senate Appropriations Committee to add $70-million to cover the first year of a teacher pay raise, compared to $25-million in House version; to reduce funding for early childhood initiatives by $3-million; to increase funding for school attendance officers by $3.4-million, 3/4/14
• Amended by Senate to add $60-million to MAEP funding; amendment vote: 26 yeas, 24 nays, 2 absent or not voting; 3/12/14  See Vote
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of yea on the amendment to add $60-million to MAEP.
• Passed by Senate,  3/12/14
• Held on a motion to reconsider, 3/12/14
• Motion to reconsider tabled, 3/13/14
• Returned to House for concurrence, 3/13/14
• House declined concurrence/invited conference, 3/19/14
• House conferees: Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, Education Chair John Moore, Rep. Toby Barker
• Senate conferees: Appropriations Chair Eugene Clarke, Sen. Terry Burton, Sen. Videt Carmichael
• Conference report filed, provides for a $10-million increase in MAEP and underfunds the formula by $255-million for 2014-2015, includes funding to cover the first year of a $1,500 across the board teacher pay raise, $15-million for literacy initiative, $3-million for early childhood collaborative grants, $3-million for Mississippi Building Blocks, full funding of the Chickasaw Cession and the National Board Certification program, 3/31/14
• Conference report adopted by Senate; 28 yeas, 15 nays, 2 present, 7 absent or not voting, 3/31/14
• Conference report adopted by House; 104 yeas, 13 nays, 4 present, 1 absent or not voting, 3/31/14
• Signed by Governor Bryant, 4/15/14

HB 504Sets a schedule of salary increases for public school teachers over a period of four years. Click here for a description.

• Passed by House; 86 yeas, 26 nays, 1 absent, 9 present not voting; 2/5/14  See Vote
•Transmitted to Senate, 2/7/14
•Amended by Senate Education Committee to set a schedule of salary increases for public school teachers over a period of two years, followed by a reward program for schools beginning in 2016. Click here for a description.
• Passed by Senate; 52 yeas, 0 nays; 3/5/14  See Vote
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of yea.
• Returned to House for concurrence, 3/6/14
• House declined concurrence/invited conference, 3/12/14  See Vote
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay on the motion to concur.
• House conferees: Education Chair John Moore, Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, Rep. Becky Currie
• Senate conferees: Education Chair Gray Tollison, Sen. Terry Burton, Sen. John Polk
• Conference report filed, provides for $1,500 across the board raise in 2014-2015, $1,000 across the board raise in 2015-2016, and a School Recognition Program with financial awards in 2016-2017, 3/31/14
• Conference report adopted by House, 4/1/14
• Conference report adopted by Senate, 4/1/14
• Signed by Governor Bryant, 4/22/14

Dead

HB 765 – Diverts funds from the State Treasury to pay private school tuition for students with special needs (IEP)
• Passed by House; 61 yeas, 45 nays, 16 absent or not voting; 2/13/14  See Vote
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay.
• Passed by Senate; 26 yeas, 22 nays, 4 absent or not voting; 3/12/14  See Vote
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay.
• Held on a motion to reconsider, 3/12/14
• Motion to reconsider tabled, 3/13/14
• Returned to House for concurrence, 3/13/14
• House declined concurrence/invited conference, 3/18/14
• House conferees: Education Chair John Moore, Rep. Carolyn Crawford, Rep. Becky Currie
• Senate conferees: Education Chair Gray Tollison, Sen. Nancy Collins, Sen. John Polk
• Conference report filed, 3/29/14
• Conference report failed in House; 57 yeas, 63 nays, 2 not voting; 4/2/14  See Vote
• Died on the calendar in the Senate, 4/2/14
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay.

HB 442 – Changes the way school board members are selected in municipal school districts, requiring that they all be elected rather than being appointed by the mayor and city council
• Died on the calendar in the House, 2/13/14
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay. 

HB 831 – Diverts funds from the State Treasury to pay private school tuition for children with speech-language impairments

• Died on the calendar in the House, 2/13/14

The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay.
SB 2325 – Diverts funds from the State Treasury to pay private school tuition for students with special needs (IEP or 504 accommodation)
• Passed by Senate; 26 yeas, 23 nays, 3 absent or not voting; 2/13/14  See Vote• Transmitted to House, 2/14/14
• Died on the calendar in the House, 3/12/14 
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay.
SB 2280 – Diverts funds from the State Treasury to pay for private or home school by creating a state income tax deduction for private school tuition or home school expenses; allows a per household deduction up to $1,000
• Died in committee, 2/26/14
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay.
SB 2749 – Diverts funds from the State Treasury to pay for private or home school by creating a state income tax deduction for private school tuition or home school expenses; allows a per household deduction up to $5,000

• Died in committee, 2/26/14
The Parents’ Campaign favors a vote of nay.

Speaker Gunn's proposed income tax elimination jeopardizes teacher pay raises and school funding far into the future.

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