JACKSON- Yesterday, Governor Phil Bryant approved House Bill 1530, legislation which will set a standardized definition of a school day across the state.
Under the new law, students must be in school for at least 63 percent of the instructional day to be considered present for calculations under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Previously, what constituted a school day varied by district, with some having high expectations and others simply requiring a student to sign-in.
The House adopted the legislation 109-5; while it passed 34-18 in the Senate. It will take effect on July 1.