JACKSON, Miss. – Education bill are passing in the Mississippi Legislature and more are to come. A charter school bill has passed the Mississippi House and Senate and a third grade gate bill passed the House Monday. It requires that children must read on a third grade level before being promoted to the fourth grade.
“At the end of the session you are going to see the most transformational change in the state of Mississippi,” said Governor Phil Bryant.
Bryant says the bill is just one of many included in his education works plan which includes a seventh grade gate bill, which requires proficiency in reading and math before moving on to the eighth grade. He also says there is a bill that requires schools with a graduation rate below 80 percent to submit a plant to fix the problem.
Other bills to be presented in the legislature include: merit teacher pay, teaching scholarships for students with a 28 on their ACT, and a 21 ACT score requirement to teach in Mississippi.