2018 Legislative Session 
Summaries and Status of Priority Bills
 

Updated 1/18/18

As bills are filed for the 2018 Legislative Session, our priority bills will be posted below and updated to reflect legislative actions - committee votes, House and Senate votes, amendments, etc.

 

HB 957  Mississippi Uniform Per Student Funding Formula Act of 2018 - Replaces Mississippi Adequate Education Program school funding law. Components of HB 957 include: requires less funding than current law requires; contains no objective formula for determining base student cost; does not require that funding keep pace with inflation, and makes no provision to consider a recalculation for seven years; harms low-income school districts disproportionately (uses Census data as the poverty measure; Census data counts all children who are residents of the district, including those who are home-schooled and in private schools, meaning the poverty measure of a community is based on an overall higher income population than that of the public school district itself; and Census data is known to undercount low-income households); imposes severe financial penalties on school districts with an attendance rate lower than 93% on days auditors make two unannounced "count" visits read more; requires school districts to pay community colleges 100% of the base student amount for any student enrolled in a dual credit program with a community college, regardless of how few dual credit courses the student takes; inflicts serious financial consequences on districts that exceed the required student-teacher ratio - ignores impact of teacher shortage but does offer possibility of waiver or exemption; although the plan promises an increase over the current underfunded appropriation, leaders have said that they might take much of that increase from general education funds currently provided schools outside of the MAEP formula, further reducing total school funding.

• Referred to House Appropriations Committee, 1/11/18

• Passed by House Appropriations Committee, 1/16/18

• Passed by House, 1/17/18, Yeas: 66, Nays: 54, Absent: 1  See vote report

• Held on motion to reconsider, 1/17/18

• Motion to reconsider tabled, bill sent to Senate, 1/18/18

The Parents' Campaign opposes this bill.