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.