Funding Problems for Mississippi Schools

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At least 18 of 152 Mississippi school districts might not have enough money to cover a cut in state funding, an Associated Press analysis finds.

Those districts could be forced to borrow money, cut services or raise taxes to make up the difference. That includes districts considered poor, such as Shaw in Bolivar County, and affluent ones like Pass Christian in Harrison County.

Gov. Phil Bryant wants districts to dip into their bank accounts to make up a $72.9 million cut in state funding. That works out to a cut of just under $150 a student.

On Dec. 31, 11 districts reported a negative balance, which typically means they borrowed money to tide them over into the next year. Another seven districts had less than $150 per student in
reserve.