MAE President Talks Taxes

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Local school districts could be forced to raise taxes if lawmakers don't fully fund public education, according to Beverly Sanders, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators.

The teachers' union leader says many districts do not have the economic base to raise taxes. At a Wednesday news conference, Sanders said that teachers across the state are worried about not having the money or the materials to do their jobs if the Mississippi Adequate Education Program falls short of money.

The Adequate Education Program was adopted in 1997 and is designed to give all school districts the funding they need to meet mid-level accreditation standards.

For the fiscal year that starts July 1, the Legislative Budget Committee recommends spending $1.6 billion for the program. The Department of Education said the program needs $1.8 billion.