Lawmaker Sues Mississippi over School Funding

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Jackson, Miss.

A state lawmaker has sued the Mississippi Department of Education and Gov. Phil Bryant for under-funding the Leflore County School District.

Democratic Rep. Willie Perkins, from Greenwood, filed the federal lawsuit Monday.

The lawsuit contends the state, through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, has underfunded the district by $6 million from 2010 to this year, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

MAEP is the formula used to determine funding for each of Mississippi's 151 school districts.

The lawsuit also alleges the Department of Education violated the due process rights of a former superintendent and four school board members who were ousted as part of a state takeover of the schools last fall.

A Bryant spokeswoman says he hasn't seen the lawsuit and could not comment. An education department spokesman said the same.