Meridian Star

December 1, 2012

Gov. Bryant makes education proposals

The Associated Press
Associated Press

FLOWOOD, Miss. —

FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant made a series of proposals Friday aimed at improving K-12 education in Mississippi. Some would require legislation to become law, while others could be implemented by the Mississippi Department of Education:

—Expand the state's charter school law.

—Allow students to transfer to any public school in the state with room to take them.

—Give $10 million in tax credits to entities who donate for private school scholarships for low income students and students in D and F-rated school districts.

—Require 3rd graders to read proficiently before moving to 4th grade

—Require 7th graders to read and do math proficiently before moving to 8th grade.

—Develop a uniform assessment to evaluate students below 3rd grade.

—Spend $15 million on reading intervention trainers.

—Require high schools with graduation rates below 80 percent to submit plans to increase graduation rates.

—Require students to have a 3.0 grade point average and a 21 on the ACT college test to enter college schools of education.

—Spend $1 million to offer education scholarships to students with high grades and ACT scores to become teachers in Mississippi.

—Increase pay for high-performing teachers above current state salary schedule.

—Spend $3 million to fund private Mississippi Building Blocks program aimed at improving preschool teaching.

—Seek to replace printed textbooks with electronic books.

Source: Gov. Phil Bryant's office