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Chuck Espy

Mississippi House of Representatives

District _026
PO Box 1018
Jackson, MS  39215-1018 

Home Phone:
Office Phone: 601-359-9391

Email: cespy@house.ms.gov
Web Site: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/house/espy.xml
 

Voted with The Parentsí Campaign position:
     *This session:  88%
     *Lifetime:  98 %

* Percent is based on only those votes on which The Parentsí Campaign took a position.


The following is a cumulative list of all recorded education votes for this legislator on which The Parentsí Campaign has taken a position. Click on a vote date below to see details for that vote. "PNV" in the How Voted column means "Present, but Not Voting."
 

 

Bill Issue Name Vote Description How
Voted
TPC's
Position
Vote
Date
SB 2737 Standards/Accountability School District Accreditation: Authorizes State Board of Education to withdraw a school district's accreditation for violation of accreditation standards, without a probationary period. Allows student transfers to an accredited district from a district whose accreditation has been withdrawn, with per pupil funding following the student. Authorizes State Board of Education, for school districts that are declared to be in a state of emergency for a second time, to establish a conservatorship or abolish the district and administratively consolidate it with one or more existing districts. Prohibits school board members and superintendents in office when state of emergency is declared from serving in that office after state of emergency no longer exists. Changes accreditation rating system from designations of Star, High Performing, Successful, Academic Watch, Low Performing, At Risk of Failing, and Failing to A, B, C, D, and F. Bill passed. Yeas: 92; Nays: 26; Present Not Voting: 4 Yea Yea 4/30/2012
SB 2313 Appointed Superintendents Requires the appointment, rather than election, of all local school superintendents by their local school boards beginning January 1, 2016. At the expiration of the term of any county superintendent of education elected in the November 2011 general election, the superintendent of said county will not be elected but will be subject to appointment by the local school board. Authorizes a referendum on retaining office of elected county superintendent of education pursuant to petition by registered voters prior to January 1, 2015. Amended to appoint a study commission on the effectiveness of appointed and elected superintendents. Bill passed. Yeas: 92; Nays: 27; Present Not Voting: 2; Absent: 1 Yea Yea 4/10/2012
SB 2792 Dropout Prevention Dual Enrollment - Dual Credit Work Skills Certificate Program: Authorizes students to dually enroll in high school and community college in a dual credit program consisting of high school completion courses and a work skills certificate program. Pilot in five school districts in 2012-2013 school year; statewide implementation in 2013-2014 school year. Amended in House to initiate statewide in 2012-2013 school year and to include career, technical, and degree program courses. Bill passed. Yeas: 121; Nays: 0; Absent or Not Voting: 1 Yea Yea 4/5/2012
HB 1593 Resources/Funding K-12 Education Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013: Provides $27-million increase in MAEP funding above current year, of which $23-million is designated to cover increased cost of teacher retirement. Provides $4.7-million classroom supply funding above current year. Fully funds National Board Certification program and fully funds Chickasaw Cession payments. Bill passed. Yeas: 114; Nays: 7; Absent or Not Voting: 1 Yea Yea 3/22/2012
HB 1207 Standards/Accountability School District Accreditation: Authorizes State Board of Education to withdraw a school district's accreditation for violation of accreditation standards, without a probationary period. Allows parent or guardian to transfer to an accredited district any student from a district whose accreditation has been withdrawn, with per pupil funding following the student. Authorizes State Board of Education, for school districts that are declared to be in a state of emergency for a second time, to abolish the district and administratively consolidate it with one or more existing districts. Bill passed. Yeas: 104; Nays: 14; Present or Not Voting: 2; Absent: 2 Yea Yea 3/15/2012
HB 838 Resources/Funding Central School District Shared Services Office System: Requires each county to establish an implementation schedule for the establishment of a shared services office for procurement, purchasing, transportation, information technology services (exclusive of student or human resources data), child nutrition, and other administrative services. Two counties per congressional district will participate in pilot implementation in 2013-2014 school year. After pilot year, any school district may elect to participate, by majority vote of county board of supervisors and school board. Bill passed. Yeas: 92; Nays: 23; Present or Not Voting: 5; Absent: 2 Yea Yea 3/15/2012
HB 1101 Early Childhood Education Mississippi UPSTART Project: Creates home-based virtual learning program for preschoolers. Requires Mississippi Department of Education to provide computer equipment and free Internet service to qualifying families participating in the project. Provides no funding for MDE to meet that obligation. Aims to test the feasibility of scaling a statewide, home-based virtual learning program to prepare children for kindergarten, delivered by computers and the Internet to preschool children. Bill passed. Yeas: 106; Nays: 11; Present or Not Voting: 3; Absent: 2 Yea Nay 3/14/2012
HB 864 Dropout Prevention Mississippi Works Dual Enrollment - Dual Credit Option: Program for those who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out. Pilot program in five school districts in 2012-2013 school year; statewide implementation beginning in 2013-2014 school year. Allows simultaneous enrollment in high school and community college to receive dual credit for high school completion courses and a work skills certificate program. Community college courses provided at no cost to students. Bill passed. Yeas: 117; Nays: 1; Absent or Not Voting: 4; held on a motion to reconsider. Yea Yea 3/8/2012
HB1494 Resources/Funding Provides level funding for all of K-12, including the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) and the National Board Certified Teacher program. Fully funds the Chickasaw Cession interest payment. Funding is $25-million above Legislative Budget Recommendation, which includes a $16-million increase in the cost to provide state retirement. Passed. Yeas: 107, Nays: 14, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 2/16/2011
HB1059 Resources/Funding Provides for $82-million in funding to be added to the appropriation for K-12 education should the U.S. Congress extend the reduced state match for Medicaid. Passed. Yeas: 119, Nays: 1, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 4/21/2010
HB1170 Conf Report Standards/Accountability Allows school districts to furlough all employees, including the superintendent, for up to 3 non-instructional days for which employees would not be paid. It further requires that, for every furlough day, employees be allowed an additional 1/2 personal day off with pay. The report does not allow for the reduction of instructional days. Provides that when a district's ending fund balance falls below 7% of the district's total revenue for the fiscal year, the district must submit a budget plan for the next fiscal year for approval by the Mississippi Department of Education. Passed. Yeas: 116, Nays: 4, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 3/26/2010
HCR121 Resources/Funding Extends regular session of the legislature to May 3 and requires legislators to return on April 20; suspends deadlines for certain bills; and changes deadlines for general bills in conference. Requires 2/3 vote, or 81 yeas, for passage.) Failed. Yeas: 76, Nays: 45, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 3/23/2010
SB2495 Conf Report Resources/Funding Restores funding cut from K-12 education in the amount of $37,071,036. Fully restores funding cut from the National Board Certified Teacher Program and from the Chickasaw Cession. Passed. Yeas: 117, Nays: 2, Absent: 2, Present but Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 3/3/2010
HB1622 Resources/Funding Appropriates funding for K-12 education for Fiscal Year 2011 (the coming school year). Funds MAEP at 5.5% below the original appropriation for the current school year. (Under-funds the MAEP for FY2011 by $158-million.) The National Board Certified Teacher program, Educable Child, and Chickasaw Cession are fully funded. Passed. Yeas: 111, Nays: 8, Absent or Not Voting: 3. Yea Yea 2/17/2010
SB2688 Resources/Funding House amendment utilizes $79-million from the Health Care Expendable Fund and unused funds returned to the state by the Public Service Commission to restore cuts to education and other state agencies. Restores $33.9-million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, $1.93-million to the National Board Certified Teacher Program, $1.06-million to the Chickasaw Cession Interest Payment, and $611,782 to General Education Programs for a total of $37.6-million to K-12 education. Passed. Yeas: 106, Nays: 14, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 2/11/2010
SB2688 Resources/Funding Gunn amendment reduces to $58-million the funding used to restore cuts and reduces to $16.7-million the amount used to restore funds cut from K-12 education. Amendment Failed. Yeas: 41, Nays: 78, Absent or Not Voting: 3. Nay Nay 2/11/2010
SB2495 Resources/Funding House amendment utilizes $50-million from the Working Cash Stabilization Reserve Fund (Rainy Day) and $50-million from the Health Care Expendable Fund to restore some of the cuts made to various agencies. $43,395,587 is designated for K-12 education. Of that amount, $40,404,594 would be used to restore a portion of the cuts made to MAEP and $1,925,454 to fully restore the National Board Certified Teacher supplement. Passed. Yeas: 73, Nays: 47, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 1/26/2010
HB392 Resources/Funding Requires the use of $61-million in stimulus funds and $50-million in state Rainy Day Funds to offset further cuts to the FY10 Budget. Provides exemptions for Corrections, National Board Certified Teachers, and several other agencies. Passed. Yeas: 70, Nays: 49, Absent or Not Voting: 3. Yea Yea 1/19/2010
HB49 Resources/Funding Provides full funding of the MAEP formula - base student cost and add-on programs - as well as the National Board Certified Teacher supplement, Educable Child, and the second phase of the pay raise for teachers with more than 25 years of experience. The bill also provides $3-million to continue the High School Redesign program in districts that are already participating. It does not provide the $10-million required to expand the program to additional districts. Passed. Yeas: 115, Nays: 5, Absent or Not Voting: 1, Vacancies: 1. Yea Yea 6/29/2009
SB2628 Standards/Accountability School district accountability legislation allowing MDE greater authority to intervene when schools are struggling, conduct an evaluation, and develop an improvement plan. District will have 2 years to implement successfully the directives in the plan and to show some improvement in student achievement. Districts that fail to meet that standard will be taken over by the state, their superintendents removed and their school boards abolished. Passed. Yeas: 116, Nays: 4, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 3/30/2009
SB2628 Standards/Accountability School district accountability legislation allowing MDE greater authority to intervene when schools are struggling, conduct an evaluation, and develop an improvement plan. District will have 2 years to implement successfully the directives in the plan and to show some improvement in student achievement. Districts that fail to meet that standard will be taken over by the state, their superintendents removed and their school boards abolished. (Requires 3/5 vote, or 71 yeas, for passage.) Passed. Yeas: 111, Nays: 6, Absent or Not Voting: 5. Yea Yea 3/5/2009
SB2314 Early Childhood Education Authorizes local school districts to expend any available funds for early childhood programs. (Requires 3/5 vote, or 74 yeas, for passage.) Passed. Yeas: 106, Nays: 16, Absent or Not Voting 0. Yea Yea 2/26/2009
HB1699 Early Childhood Education Appropriations bill for the Dept of Human Services that funds the Quality Rating System and the Resource and Referral Network in the amount of $3-million. Passed. Yeas: 120, Nays: 0, Absent: 0, Present but Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 2/17/2009
HB616 Early Childhood Education Suspends the rules in order to allow consideration of HB616 which authorizes local school districts to operate and expend funds for early childhood education programs. (Requires 2/3 vote, or 79 yeas, for passage.) Failed. Yeas: 70, Nays: 48, Absent: 3, Present but Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 2/12/2009
HB1383 Resources/Funding Provides a $68-million supplemental appropriation to reinstate funds cut from MAEP in the current (2008-2009) school year. Passed. Yeas: 82, Nays: 37, Absent: 1, Present but Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 1/22/2009
HB865 Resources/Funding Provides $3-million in stimulus funding for the school district emergency assistance fund to assist four school districts with financial difficulty after they are taken over by a conservator. Passed. Yeas: 98, Nays: 14, Absent or Not Voting: 9, Present but Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 1/20/2009
SB2149 Standards/Accountability Requires removal of superintendents in school districts determined underperforming for two consecutive years. Passed. Yeas: 100, Nays: 18, Absent: 2, Present but Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 4/15/2008
HB 513 Resources/Funding Conference Report funds initiatives in the Quality Education Act, as well as other education-related initiatives. Passed. Yeas: 115, Nays: 5, Absent: 1, Present but Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 4/14/2008
SB2149 Standards/Accountability Requires the removal of superintendents in school districts that are underperforming for two years; if the superintendent is elected, he/she will be prohibited from running for the position again until one term has passed; position will not become appointed; Lafayette County superintendent to be changed from an elected to appointed position upon unanimous approval of district superintendent and school board. Passed. Yeas: 106, Nays: 14, Absent: 1, Present but Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 3/19/2008
SB2416 Standards/Accountability Requires additional training for school board members in school districts with deficiencies in student achievement and/or financial management. Passed. Yeas: 116, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 4. Yea Yea 3/14/2008
SB2176 Resources/Funding House version of SB2176 provides a 3% increase to base teacher pay, increasing annual salary increments for teachers from 25 years to 35 years of experience for all certificate levels effective 01/01/09, $500 increase in assistant teacher pay, and $1,000 to mentor teachers who provide mentoring services to beginning teachers. Passed. Yeas: 114, Nays: 8, Absent or Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 3/12/2008
HB1029 Resources/Funding House version of HB1029 increases Teacher Supply Fund by 5% this year and uses the Consumer Price Index in future years to allocate funds. Passed. Yeas: 87, Nays: 35, Absent or Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 2/28/2008
HB 975 Resources/Funding The House version of HB975 expands the High School Redesign program from 13 to 30 school districts. Passed. Yeas: 112, Nays: 7, Absent or Not Voting: 3. Yea Yea 2/21/2008
HB 513 Resources/Funding Implements initiatives in the Quality Education Act at the requested level of funding. Passed. Yeas: 95, Nays: 26, Absent: 1. Yea Yea 1/31/2008
HB 513 Resources/Funding Amendment 1 to HB513 proposes to eliminate the 3% teacher pay raise and reduce funding for the Quality Education Act. Failed. Yeas: 44, Nays: 77, Absent: 1. Nay Nay 1/31/2008
HB238 Resources/Funding Fully Funds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, provides additional funding for children at risk of failure and holds harmless districts on the coast and elsewhere that have seen their enrollments decrease. Passed. Yeas: 119, Nays: 1, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 1/11/2007
HB239 Resources/Funding Calls for a 3% across-the-board increase in teacher salaries. Passed. Yeas: 120, Nays: 0, Absent: 2. Yea Yea 1/11/2007
HB238 Resources/Funding Motion to suspend the rules to allow consideration of an appropriations bill on the first day of the legislative session. HB238 provides full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Taking up an appropriations bill on the first day of the session requires suspension of the rules. Suspension of the rules requires a 2/3 majority and is a common procedural vote. A nay vote is a vote to disallow debate on the bill and to delay considering full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Motion Failed (required 2/3 vote, or 78 yeas, for passage). Yeas: 77, Nays: 40, Absent or Not Voting: 3, Vacancies: 2. Yea Yea 1/2/2007
HB1646 Resources/Funding Provides full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Passed. Yeas: 107, Nays: 12, Present but Not Voting: 2, Absent: 1. Yea Yea 2/16/2005
HB1696 Resources/Funding Provides full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Passed. Yeas: 103, Nays: 18, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 3/23/2004

 
 
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