2023 House & Senate Bills to Watch
See status of key education bills under consideration in House and Senate chambers in the 2023 Legislative Session.
Bills that would add bureaucratic burdens to public school educators, subject educators to lawsuits, and take time away from students in the classroom.
Bills that would weaken Mississippi’s strong school immunization requirements and endanger students and teachers.
House Bill 730 – amends Winter-Reed Teacher Loan Repayment Program, expands eligibility to alternate route teachers, adds graduate level loans to program, program entry no longer limited to first-year teachers.
House Bill 731 – provides $4,000 additional salary supplement to National Board Certified Teachers in geographically critical teacher shortage areas, deletes list of counties designated as critical shortage areas in statute to allow MDE to make those designations in the future.
House Bill 817 – increases per student funding for Early Learning Collaboratives to no less than $2,500 for full-day and $1,250 for half-day programs.
House Bill 1175 – increases funding percentage for preschool exceptional children in approved programs to 100%.
House Bill 1184 – provides $2,000 annual salary supplements to licensed teachers in geographic shortage areas.
House Bill 1365 – prohibits school districts from paying assistant teachers less in local contribution funds than was paid in such funds in the immediately preceding year.
Senate Bill 2314 – increases per student funding for Early Learning Collaboratives to no less than $2,500 for full-day and $1,250 for half-day programs; sets goal of serving 25% of four-year-olds by the beginning of 2024-2025 school year.
Senate Bill 2319 – provides $2,000 annual salary supplement to licensed teachers in geographical critical teacher shortage areas.
Senate Bill 2367 – amends Public School Facilities Loan Program from loans to grants that do not have to be repaid. Any funds awarded as loans prior to July 1, 2023, immediately converted to grants; maximum grant of $2-million per school district per fiscal year; applicants demonstrating emergency or critical infrastructure needs to receive first priority.
Senate Bill 2585 – amends Winter-Reed Teacher Loan Repayment Program. Expands eligibility to alternate route teachers, adds graduate level loans to program, program entry no longer limited to first-year teachers.
Senate Bill 2811 – prohibits school districts from paying assistant teachers below statewide minimum salary; specifically prohibits salary reductions in the school year following a state-funded salary increase.