Kentucky, Mississippi Legislatures Complete Sessions
On March 25, the Kentucky Legislature adjourned sine die. The legislature passed House Bill 510 to amend the 2014-16 budget; on April 6 the governor signed it into law. Education legislation passed during the session includes House Bill 234, which requires the Early Childhood Advisory Council to develop a statewide early childhood education rating system, and House Bill 298, which authorizes $132.5 million in bond funding for a medical research center at the University of Kentucky.
The Mississippi Legislature completed its regular session on April 2 when the House adjourned, one day after the Senate completed its regular session. Legislators passed Senate Bill 2161, which creates the Commission on College and Career Readiness to recommend changes and additions to the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards. Senate Bill 2191 authorizes the state Board of Education to approve school districts of innovation, which will be given flexibility from state Board of Education and local school board policies to improve student outcomes.