Mississippi Schools Request More Money

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's top education official is requesting
an additional $305 million for the coming year, a
request he acknowledges is unlikely to be fulfilled.

State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham says the biggest part of the request is $255 million to meet requirements of a complex funding formula.

The formula, called the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, was put into state law in 1997. It attempts to give each school district enough money to meet mid-level academic standards.

MAEP was underfunded by $237 million in the current budget year, which started last July 1.

Burnham says the formula would add $18
million for the coming year, bringing the total growth to $255 million.

House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson says adding money to education would mean cutting spending for other programs.

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  • by Concerned Location: Mississippi on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    If Mississippi Schools need more funding, then fund them. Without our children receiving a proper education, the "other places" that will receive cuts won't even matter. EVERYTHING is centered around education. I also feel that teachers are under paid because they have the most important responsibility of any profession and they are under appreciated and under paid. If the funding was there and teachers were paid adequately and competitvely, Mississippi would have better, more qualified, and more knowledgable teachers to teach our children.
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