2017 Legislative Recap Highlights from the Mississippi Legislature's Regular Session Download a PDF MCPP's top priority for 2017 was a major welfare-to-work bill, which was signed into law (see HB 1090, the first item below). We also worked on bills…
January 14, 2017 MCPP Priorities The 2017 Mississippi legislative session began on January 3, and the Mississippi Center for Public Policy will keep you updated throughout the session. We believe legislation should eliminate unnecessary barriers so that opportunities can…
Legislative Update - February 6, 2017 This Thursday is the deadline for the House and Senate to pass bills that were approved by their own committees. The exception to that are bills that take your money and spend your money,…
Budget and Taxes
This fiscal year there was a significant boost in state government revenue. While surpluses ideally should be returned to taxpayers, the Legislature did at least stabilize the budget to guard against tax increases in the future.
Education: Best bills of the session
The 2013 session was heralded as the education session and revealed quite a bit about how far the legislature was willing to go – or not go – in pursuit of fundamental education reform. To their credit, legislators passed a modest charter school bill that allows charters in D and F districts. In addition, they passed a bill ending social promotion for third graders who cannot read.
Charter schools are nonprofit educational organizations that are public schools. As such, they:
2012 Session | Education Bills Recap: Mississippi Students Denied Choice Yet Again
As far as education policy goes, the low point of the 2012 session was the failure of charter school legislation in the House. In addition to charters, legislators introduced several other bills that would have expanded educational freedom in Mississippi. These include a bill to provide scholarships to low-income students to attend the school of their choice; a special needs voucher bill; and an open enrollment public school choice bill.
I have some great news, and some bad news.
First, the bad news. Charter school legislation is dead for this legislative session. Thousands of children will go another year without being able to escape the schools that are failing to meet their needs.
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
2012 Legislative Agenda
Freedom for Parents to Choose the Best Education for Their Children
Charter School Bill Clears MS Senate; House Inches Forward; Thigpen on Statewide Radio Thurs. Morning