The Waiting Game

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Mississippi school districts are ready for lawmakers to make a decision about the budget.

The districts have to offer teacher contracts by April 15. Some are taking a chance that state funding won't be reduced. Others are waiting before they hire all their instructors.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have been wrangling over how much money they're going to give public education.

Senate Education Chairman Mike Chaney says districts should know something by Tuesday afternoon "whether we have a budget or not."

The state Department of Education has requested more than $2 billion. The state's budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is $3.8 billion.