JACKSON -- The House has until Thursday to send three significant education bills to conference or they die.
* The omnibus bill that includes charter schools, third grade reading gate and enhanced standards for students going into teaching.
* A proposal to have the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula for local school districts recalculated every year instead of every four years.
* A proposal to put into law the definition of how long a student must stay at school each day to be considered in attendance, thus, eligible to be counted by the district for state Adequate Education funds.
It appears the Republican leadership in the House does not have the votes to pass the omnibus bill and send it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature. But the other proposals in the legislation already are in conference in other bills where House and Senate leaders on education issues will meet in the coming days to try to hammer out differences.
The MAEP funding formula changes and the attendance proposal are not alive in other bills in conference, but there might be an opportunity to add those issues to legislation already in conference.
Sometimes it seems that proposals never die during the legislative process.