House committee pushes forward key bills in Gov. Phil Bryant’s education agenda

The House Education Committee endorsed two bills that contain key parts of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant’s education agenda Wednesday.

House Bill 906 would create tax credits for people who donate scholarships to students who attend private schools. Though critics have described the measure as a back-door way to create school vouchers, it attracted little Democratic opposition in committee.

The other measure, House Bill 890, would take a number of steps, including setting up stronger reading standards for students in kindergarten through third grade, raising requirements to major in education at state universities and setting up a pilot teacher merit-pay program.