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It has been a slow start to the legislative session so far this year as the new freshmen legislators are still trying to settle in and committees still trying to decide on an agenda for the upcoming session.

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The 2013-14 legislative session is getting off to a gradual start, but leadership in the House announced committee assignments this week and lawmakers started introducing their first bills of the year. The House Education Committee will still be chaired by Rep. Lisa Posthumous Lyons (R-Alto), despite her bid to get another assignment, but 10 of the 17 committee members are new this year.

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Despite a very busy two years and a lame duck session that saw the passage of Right to Work legislation, MASSP and the school community were able to negotiate solutions to, or stop the passage of several pieces of potentially harmful legislation. At the end of the day, neither EAA nor Conversion Schools legislation made it through the process.

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With only two to three more weeks of legislative session possible between now and the end of the year, time is running down for lawmakers to reach deals on their lame duck priorities. One piece of legislation that has been identified for action, the Education Achievement Authority or EAA (HB 6004/SB 1358), remains in committee, presumably because in their current form the bills lack the support necessary to move them further.

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With the Republican-controlled House looking to drive through a host of potentially destructive legislation before their majority shrinks next year, educators will need to remain alert and vigilant during the lame duck session. The House Education Committee pushed forward this week with more testimony on its proposed Education Achievement Authority (EAA) bill and could vote on this legislation when they return after Thanksgiving.