HB449 - Prohibits school employees from participating in or promoting political activity or events while acting in their official capacities.
Status: Died in Committee
HB449 is as an attempt to silence and intimidate teachers through a proposed law banning political activity during schools hours and imposing a penalty of $10,000. A school teacher has the right to identify and express his or her own point of view in the classroom as long as it is indicated clearly that it is the teacher's own. Where parents, as individuals, or parent or other community groups raise the question of suitability of any material, out of concern for maturity level, morality, patriotism, literary merit, etc., the decision as to its acceptability should be vested in a representative professional committee.
Status: HB386 & SB2179 Died in Committee
This bill violates the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as it promotes one religion over others. It fails to recognize the diversity of Mississippi citizens.