Mississippi lawmakers approve budget plan for public schools

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Lawmakers have approved a slight increase in Mississippi's K-12 education budget.

The House and Senate Monday approved House Bill 1592, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto.

The measure provides $2.2 billion in state money for school spending in the budget year beginning July 1.

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, as the public school funding formula is called, will get a slight increase to pay higher health insurance costs for teachers.

Lawmakers will expand spending on a program that pays for 4-year-olds to attend preschool, allowing expansion to more communities.

The state will spend more on teacher bonuses for schools that perform well in the state's rating system.