MS House of Reps. Pass Education Bills Ensuring Mississippi Controlled Teaching Standards and Curriculum

Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed two education bills aimed at maintaining control with local school boards.

“Today, we took a big step clarifying that Mississippians are in control of our educational standards,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “Mississippi’s education decisions must be made by Mississippians.”

House Bill 156: prevents federal government control of testing, essentially uncoupling the state from any federal government overreach in Mississippi’s education. HB156 passed by a vote of 95-21.
House Bill 395: HB 395 codifies the current practice of our educational system and guarantees that local districts have the final say in what curriculum they use day-to-day. HB395 passed by a vote of 92-25.

“As we move forward, we have complete control of the standards our schools use,” he said. “First of all, we need to ensure that we have high standards; then, just as important, we need to make sure that our standards are aligned with Mississippi values.”

MS House of Representatives
1/22/15