The Mississippi House passed legislation today to ensure all students graduate with the skills and abilities they need to succeed after high school and beyond. Senate Bill 2447, sponsored by Senator Gray Tollison, would incentivize schools with grant funding based on the number of students who earn industry certifications that are tied to the state’s labor market demand.
The legislation also creates opportunities for leaders in industry, K-12 and postsecondary education to collaborate on developing robust career pathways aligned to high-demand, high-salary careers.
“The future of every state’s economy is tied to its future workforce, which are today’s students. This legislation promises its young people new pathways to great jobs while offering businesses the high-demand talent they need to excel—and it rewards schools that are equipping students with these in-demand skills.
“ExcelinEd in Action applauds the bipartisan leadership and support on this bill, including Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn, Senator Gray Tollison, Senator Brice Wiggins, Senator Sampson Jackson, Senator Robert Jackson, Senator Philip Moran, Representative Richard Bennett and Representative Scott Delano.”
Nathan Hoffman, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action
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