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SB 2258 - Authorizes Department of Education to Investigate Cheating Allegations - Mississippi Key Vote

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Legislation - Passage (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Department of Education to Investigate Cheating Allegations

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) -
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (65-53) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Department of Education to Investigate Cheating Allegations

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands the Department of Education's power to investigate and discipline cheating in public schools, effective upon passage.

Highlights:

 

  • Expands the disciplinary actions the Board of Education is authorized to take with respect to a teacher or administrator’s license, including, but not limited to, refusing to renew the license or placing the licensee on probation (Sec. 2).

  • Expands the grounds for which the board is authorized to take disciplinary action to include the following (Sec. 2):

    • The teacher or administrator submits a false certification to the department stating a statewide test was administered in strict accordance with requirements imposed by the board; and

    • The teacher or administrator fails to comply with the procedures for reporting infractions as required by the board

  • Authorizes the board to subpoena an individual and to require the production of records and other documents (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the department to take control of the statewide test administration in a school district if there is an allegation of a testing irregularity or unauthorized access to test booklets or answer documents (Sec. 3).

  • Requires a school principal to certify to the department that a statewide test was administered properly and to report any potential violations to the department (Sec. 3)

  • Classifies a false certification of proper test administration as a felony punishable by a fine of no more than $15,000 and up to 3 years in prison (Sec. 4).

  • Requires a school district to reimburse the department for the cost of investigating a confirmed testing irregularity (Sec. 3).

  • Exempts “investigative reports” from the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983 (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (49-1) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Establishes Disciplinary Procedures for Cheating

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Co-sponsors

  • William 'Will' Longwitz (MS - R) (Out Of Office)
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