Q What effect does House Bill 455 have on districts that were under Section 37-167-1 (7) and (8) restrictions already? That is, does House Bill 455 allow such districts to resume paying board members full per diem and lift travel restrictions until there is a determination that one or more schools are failing for the 2013-2014 school year even though the district had one or more schools failing for the 2012-2013 year?

A Section 37-167-1 is remedial in nature, and thus is to be liberally construed to accomplish the intent of the Legislature, which in this case is to improve public education. School districts already under the subsection (7) and (8) restrictions should remain so until such time as the affected schools are no longer in failing status. The House Bill 455 amendments establish the 2013-2014 school year as the first year to be considered in determining if a particular school must be transformed into a new start school by the Mississippi Recovery School District, but not for any remedial measures that may be required of the school district. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Wright, June 6, 2014)