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Terry C. Burton

Mississippi Senate

District _031
PO Box 1018
Room: 215-B
Jackson, MS  39215-1018 

Home Phone: 601-683-7050
Office Phone: 601-359-3234
Fax: 601-359-5345
Email: tburton@senate.ms.gov
Web Site: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/senate/burton.xml
 

Voted with The Parentsí Campaign position:
     *This session:  63%
     *Lifetime:  49 %

* 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
HB 1152 Charter Schools Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012: Allows conversion and start-up public charter schools to locate throughout the state. Prohibits virtual charter schools, but allows charter schools to contract for virtual classes according to current state statute. Star and High Performing school districts must give local school board approval for charters to locate within their districts. Successful school districts must give local board approval to charter applicants until July 1, 2015, after which time charter schools may locate in Successful districts without local board approval. Creates the seven-member Mississippi Public Charter School Accountability Board to serve as the sole authorizer of charter schools: three members appointed by the Governor, three appointed by the Lt. Governor, and one appointed by the State Superintendent of Education. Grants the authorizer power to exempt charter schools from some state statutes. Students may cross district lines to attend charter schools. Allows state and local per pupil funding to follow students. Charter schools are subject to the same accountability assessments and ratings as traditional public schools. Bill passed. Yeas: 31; Nays: 19; Absent or Not Voting: 2 Yea Nay 4/11/2012
HB 1134 Appointed Superintendents Original bill amended by Senate to require 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 shall not be elected but shall thereafter be subject to appointment by the local school board. Pursuant to a petition by registered voters prior to January 1, 2015, a referendum may be held on the question of retaining the office of elected county superintendent of education. Bill passed. Yeas: 37; Nays: 15; Present Not Voting: 0; Absent: 0 Yea Yea 4/10/2012
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 in five school districts in 2012-2013 school year and statewide in 2013-2014. Allows simultaneous enrollment in student's high school and local community college to receive dual credit for high school completion courses and a work skills certificate program. Tuition and fees for community college courses included in this program provided at no cost to students. Amended in Committee to initiate program statewide in 2012-2013 and to include career, technical, and degree program courses. Bill passed. Yeas: 51; Nays: 0; Present or Not Voting: 0; Absent: 1 Yea Yea 4/4/2012
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 transfer of students to an accredited district, with per pupil funding following the student. Authorizes State Board of Education to abolish a school district declared to be in a state of emergency for a second time and administratively consolidate it with one or more existing districts, with the consent of those 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. Bill passed. Yeas: 37; Nays: 12; Present or Not Voting: 3; Absent: 0 Yea Yea 3/15/2012
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 the office of elected county superintendent of education pursuant to petition by registered voters prior to January 1, 2015. Bill passed. Yeas: 43; Nays: 9; Absent or Not Voting: 0 Yea Yea 3/13/2012
SB 2792 Standards/Accountability 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. Bill passed. Yeas: 52; Nays: 0; Absent or Not Voting: 0 Yea Yea 3/13/2012
SB 2401 Charter Schools Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 (committee substitute): Allows conversion and start-up public charter schools to locate throughout the state. High Performing and Star school districts must give board approval for charters to locate within their districts. Creates the Mississippi Public Charter School Accountability Board, consisting of seven appointed members, to serve as the sole authorizer of charter schools. Students may cross district lines to attend charter schools. Allows state and local per pupil funding to follow students. Charter schools are subject to the same accountability assessments and ratings as traditional public schools. Bill passed. Yeas: 34, Nays: 17, Absent or Not Voting: 1 Yea Nay 2/22/2012
SB 2401 Amendment 1 Charter Schools Amendment 1: Amends Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 (committee substitute) to allow the authorizer to only authorize charters for low performing, at risk of failing, and failing schools. Amendment failed. Yeas: 19, Nays: 32, Absent or Not Voting: 1 Nay Yea 2/22/2012
HB1494 Resources/Funding Senate App. Committee strike-all amendment to reduce the funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) in House Bill 1494 by $50-million; reduces total K-12 funding by $66-million. Amendment Failed. Yeas: 22, Nays: 29, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Nay 3/9/2011
HB1494 Resources/Funding Hopson amendment to add $15-million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) funding level in Senate Appropriations Committee Amendment No. 1 (Amendment No. 1 proposed to reduce MAEP funding by $65-million; reduces total K-12 funding by $81-million). Hopson Amendment Passed. Yeas: 32, Nays: 16, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Nay Yea 3/9/2011
HB1059 Conf Report 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: 48, Nays: 4, Absent and Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 4/21/2010
HB1622 Resources/Funding Motion to recommit for further conference; would add $50-million in contingency funding to the K-12 appropriation for FY11. Motion Failed. Yeas: 19, Nays: 28, Absent or Not Voting: 5. Nay Yea 4/21/2010
HB1170 Conf Rept 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. The report further 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: 50, Nays: 0, Absent and Not Voting: 2. Yea Yea 3/26/2010
HB1622 Resources/Funding The Bryan amendment increases by $27-million the Senate level of funding for MAEP and by $2-million the Senate level of funding for the National Board Certified Teacher program; adds an additional $50-million to MAEP if additional funds are made available from a U.S. Congressional change in states' Medicaid reimbursement rate. Passed. Yeas: 31, Nays: 19, Absent or Not Voting: 2. Nay Yea 3/16/2010
HB1170 Standards/Accountability Blount amendment removes the provision that allows a reduction in instructional days. It retains the provision to allow school districts to designate up to 3 furlough days, preferably non-instructional days, for the remainder of this school year. For two years, 2011 and 2012, it allows a reduction in staff development days from 7 to 2, allows a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 furlough days and allows local school district to reduce local supplement pay for employees. Failed. Yeas: 9, Nays: 37, Absent or Not Voting: 5, Vacancies: 1. Nay Yea 3/3/2010
HB1170 Standards/Accountability Mandates employees be furloughed for 2 days of the 7 staff development days that are built into teacher contracts and the salaries be adjusted accordingly; allows an additional 3 furlough days which also must be taken from staff development days; allows local districts flexibility in local supplements; reduces the minimum number of instructional days from 180 to 175 but does not allow a corresponding reduction in teacher salaries. Districts will not be required to fill days required for the 2009-2010 school year lost due to inclement weather. Passed. Yeas: 39, Nays: 8, Absent: 3, Present but Not Voting: 1, Vacancies: 1. Yea Nay 3/3/2010
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: 48, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 3, Vacancies: 1. Yea Yea 3/3/2010
SB2688 Resources/Funding Vote to override governor's veto of SB2688 which utilizes $79-million from the Health Care Expendable Fund and 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. (Requires 2/3 vote, or 34 yeas, to override.) Motion Failed. Yeas: 30, Nays: 21, Absent or Not Voting: 0, Vacancies: 1. Nay Yea 2/25/2010
SB2688 Resources/Funding 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: 26, Nays: 22, Absent or Not Voting: 3, Vacancies: 1. Nay Yea 2/18/2010
SB2688 Resources/Funding Bryan amendment increases from $16,669,279 to $25,678,287 the funding to restore some of the cuts to MAEP. The amendment uses $1,065,539 for the Chickasaw Cession and $1,925,453 for the National Board Certified Teacher program. Amendment Passed. Yeas: 44, Nays: 2, Absent or Not Voting: 5, Vacancies: 1. Nay Yea 2/5/2010
SB2688 Resources/Funding Motion against taking another vote on SB2688; it is a move to let the previous vote stand and to send the bill to the House. The bill as amended would transfer $50-million from the Health Care Expendable Fund, $45-million of which shall be used to restore some of the cuts made to the MAEP and $5-million to restore cuts to various agencies at the governor's discretion. Motion Failed. Yeas: 24, Nays: 24, Tie Breaking Vote Cast by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant: Nay, Absent or Not Voting: 3, Vacancies: 1. Nay Yea 2/5/2010
SB2688 Resources/Funding Amendment would transfer $50-million from the Health Care Expendable Fund,$45-million of which shall be used to restore some of the cuts made to the MAEP and National Board Certified Teacher Program, and $5 million to restore cuts to various agencies at the governor's discretion. Amendment Passed. Yeas: 32, Nays: 15, Absent or Not Voting: 4, Vacancies: 1. Nay Yea 2/4/2010
SB2495 Resources/Funding A motion against taking another vote on SB 2495 as amended by the House of Representatives; it is a move to let the previous vote stand and to send the bill to conference. The previous vote was to not concur with the House version of the bill which utilized $50-million from the Working Cash Stabilization Reserve Fund (Rainy Day) and $50-million from the Health Care Expendable Fund and would have restored some of the cuts made to various agencies. $43,395,587 was designated for K-12 education. Of that amount, $40,404,594 would have restored a portion of the cuts made to MAEP and $1,925,454 would have fully restored the National Board Certified Teacher supplement. Motion passed. Yeas: 26, Nays: 24, Absent or Not Voting: 1, Vacancies: 1. Yea Nay 2/3/2010
SB2495 Resources/Funding Senate motion is not to concur with the House version. The House version 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 is used to restore a portion of the cuts made to MAEP and $1,925,454 to fully restore the National Board Certified Teacher supplement. Motion Passed. Yeas: 26, Nays: 24, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Nay 2/1/2010
SB2495 Resources/Funding Authorizes the governor to make selective reductions in the budgets of state agencies in an amount not to exceed 10% if he finds that funds will not be available to meet budget expenditures, and requires that any reductions made in excess of 10% are to be uniform to all state agencies. Passed. Yeas: 29, Nays: 19, Absent or Not Voting: 3, Vacancies: 1. Yea Nay 1/13/2010
HB49 Resources/Funding Provides full funding of the MAEP and add-ons as well as full funding for National Board Certified Teacher supplements. Passed. Yeas: 51, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 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: 51, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 3/30/2009
HB1677 Resources/Funding Provides full funding of the MAEP and add-ons as well as full funding for National Board Certified Teacher supplements and increased funding for classroom supplies; does not provide funding for the Early Learning Collaborative Grant Program. Passed. Yeas: 50, Nays: 1, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 3/16/2009
HB1699 Early Childhood Education Appropriations bill for the Department of Human Services that funds the Quality Rating System and the Resource and Referral Network in the amount of $3-million. Passed. Yeas: 51, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 1. Yea Yea 3/16/2009
HB865 Resources/Funding Authorizes the Mississippi Department of Education to allocate $3-million of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (Federal Stimulus money) to four MS school districts with financial difficulties after they are taken over by a conservator. Passed. Yeas: 52, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 2/24/2009
SB2928 Resources/Funding Amendment: Appropriate $76-million from the state Rainy Day Fund to restore cuts made to MAEP. Failed. Yeas: 24, Nays: 25, Absent or Not Voting: 3. Nay Yea 2/11/2009
SB2314 Early Childhood Education To authorize local school districts to expend any available funds for early childhood programs. Passed. Yeas: 52, Nays: 0, Absent but Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 2/9/2009
SB2149 Standards/Accountability Requires removal of superintendents in districts determined to be low performing for two consecutive years. Passsed. Yeas: 38, Nays: 14, Absent or Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 4/15/2008
HB513 Resources/Funding Supports funding initiatives in the Quality Education Act, as well as other education related initiatives. Passed. 52 Yeas, 0 Nays. Yea Yea 4/14/2008
HB1029 Resources/Funding Senate version of HB1029 provides $14-million for the Teacher Supply Fund and $0 for the Public School Building Fund with a phase-in of $20-million to begin in 2010. Passed. Yeas: 48, Nays: 1, Absent: 2, Present but Not Voting: 1. Nay Yea 3/26/2008
HB975 Resources/Funding Expands the High School Redesign program from 13 to 30 school districts. Passed. Yeas: 52, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 3/24/2008
SB2176 Resources/Funding Senate version of SB2176 increases annual salary increments for teachers from 25 years to 30 years of experience for all certificate levels, to be phased in over a three-year period from the 2008-09 School Year to the 2010-2011 School Year. The bill also provides, beginning in the 2008-2009 School Year, that $1,000 shall be paid to mentor teachers who provide mentoring services to beginning teachers. Passed. Yeas: 52, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 2/20/2008
SB2416 Standards/Accountability Requires additional training for school board members in school districts with deficiencies in student achievement and/or financial management. Passed. Yeas: 52, Nays: 0, Absent or Not Voting: 0. Yea Yea 2/20/2008
HB238 Resources/Funding The Senate version of House Bill 238 provides full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and additional funding for a middle-school teacher mentoring program and dyslexia screening. Reduces funding for students at risk of failure as well as hold-harmless dollars for districts on the coast and elsewhere that saw their enrollments decrease. Passed on Unanimous Voice Vote (Morning Roll Call). All senators were recorded as voting "yea" unless a senator requested to be recorded as voting "nay." Yea Yea 2/13/2007
HB1646 Resources/Funding Amendment calls for full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). A yea vote is a vote in favor of full funding. A nay vote is a vote in opposition to full funding. Amendment failed. Yeas: 21, Nays: 30, Absent: 1. Nay Yea 3/9/2005
HB1696 Resources/Funding The Senate version of HB 1696 calls for significantly under-funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). A yea vote is a vote in opposition to full funding of the MAEP. A nay vote is a vote in favor of full funding. Passed. Yeas: 28, Nays: 21, Absent or Not Voting: 3 Yea Nay 4/15/2004

 
 
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