2012 Regular Session
To: Education; Appropriations
By: Representative Scott
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM TO BE KNOWN AS "A BETTER CHANCE" OR THE "ABC PROGRAM" FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING PRE-KINDERGARTEN INSTRUCTION THROUGHOUT THE STATE VIA THE INTERNET; TO REQUIRE THE PROGRAM TO INCLUDE CERTAIN COMPONENTS, INCLUDING THE DAILY DELIVERY OF REAL-TIME INSTRUCTION BY A LICENSED PRE-KINDERGARTEN TEACHER; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS REGULARLY PARTICIPATING IN THE ABC PROGRAM AND TO REPORT TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEES ON THE PROGRAM BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2014; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The State Department of Education shall establish and implement a program to be known as "A Better Chance" or the "ABC Program," the purpose of which shall be to make pre-kindergarten instruction available to students and their families or caregivers throughout the state. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the program of instruction shall be delivered via the Internet and shall consist of daily age-appropriate instruction and activities, including downloadable educational materials, for children and their parents based on the Mississippi Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum.
(2) The ABC Program shall include a daily period of real-time instruction during which a licensed pre-kindergarten teacher delivers instruction via the Internet. The duration of the period of real-time instruction shall be determined by the department. In order to afford parents and caregivers the greatest opportunity to avail children of the pre-kindergarten instruction, the daily lessons and activities presented during the real-time period of instruction shall be scheduled for no less than three (3) different times each school day. At all other times, the period of instruction shall be available on the ABC Program's web page for replay.
(3) The department shall develop a method to determine the number of children throughout the state who regularly participate in the ABC Program and to assess the progress being made by those children. Before January 1, 2014, the department shall submit a report to the Education Committees of the House and Senate on the success of the ABC Program.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.