K-12 Funding Bill Adopted by House and Senate

The conference report for HB 1648 was adopted by the House and Senate on Easter Sunday, 3/31/13. This is the final K-12 budget for the 2013-2014 school year and includes the following items:
  • Level funding of MAEP – same next year as this year; MAEP will be underfunded by $292-million
  • $27-million – increased retirement costs 
  • Full funding – Chickasaw Cession
  • Full funding – National Board Certification program
  • $10-million – teacher supply fund (an increase of $2-million over current year)
  • $9.5-million – literacy initiative
  • $3-million – pre-k matching grant program
  • $3-million – Mississippi Building Blocks (pre-k) 
  • $1.5-million – merit pay pilot program in four districts (Clarksdale, Gulfport, Lamar County, Rankin County)
  • $1.5-million – teacher scholarship program
  • $6-million – Teach for America
  • $5.5-million – Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools program
  • $2-million – digital learning pilot program in two districts (Booneville and Hattiesburg)

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