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EDUCATION REFORM PACKAGE CLEARSSENATE COMMITTEE
The Senate Education Committee today passed sweeping education reforms thatwill raise academic achievement, allow school choice and improve the graduation rate statewide.The committee amended House Bill 890 with a comprehensive education reform package thatincludes proposals from Gov. Phil Bryant
’s Education Works agenda
such as improving readingskills in first through third grades and strengthening teacher quality. The bill also offers acompromise on public charter schools. The bill returns to the House for concurrence.
This session is dedicated to improving the academic performance of students and the quality of public schools, and this bill gives the Legislature the opportunity to accomplish those goals and positively impact education in Mississippi for generations,
” Lt. Gov.
Tate Reeves said.The bill also measures literacy skills for students in Kindergarten through third grade, providesintervention programs for students needing assistance and requires third-grade students to meetreading standards before moving to the fourth grade.
This bill is a comprehensive education package that can revitalize public schools inMississippi,
said Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford.
This compromise brings together ideas from across the aisle and across the Capitol to make a difference ineducation.
Other features of the amended bill from Gov. Bryant
’s Education Works agenda include:
Require students entering teacher education programs to have a score of 21 on the ACTand a 3.0 GPA.
Provide a $15,000 scholarship for students in a teacher education program, who score atleast a 28 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA.
Require high schools with graduation rates lower than 80 percent to submit animprovement plan to the state Department of Education.