House strips ‘red tape’ for A, B districts

A Mississippi Delta lawmaker protested that a bill that passed the state’s House of Representatives Monday allowing districts rated A and B to offer teacher incentives such as assisted housing, saying it would draw educators away from struggling school systems.

House Bill 1224 exempts top-performing districts in the state from several requirements including reporting student grades to the state Department of Education and having discipline plans and code of student conducts annually audited.

Rep. Brad Touchstone, R-Hattiesburg, sponsored the bill, which was authored by House Speaker Philip Gunn, for floor passage.

Clarion Ledger
2/6/17