At a meeting with school superintendents Friday, Judy Rhodes, director of accountability with State Department of Education, said funding for Mississippi public schools could loose as much as $161 million for the next fiscal year if a budget proposal is passed.
"It could mean a loss of 4,000 jobs and about 3,000 of those could come from the class room," said Rhodes.
Sylvia Autry, Superintendent for Meridian Public Schools, says if that budget is approved it could mean major cut backs for schools here. She said they would be forced to cut jobs.
"We have reached our cap for taxes so there will be no new taxes we can ask for," said Autry.
Other districts throughout the state will also be affected. The proposed budget could force local districts to either raise taxes or cut services.