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6 more districts join Miss. school funding lawsuit

schoolJACKSON — Six more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding.

With the additions announced Monday, there are now 20 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

Musgrove spokesman George Shelton says the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, North Bolivar, West Bolivar and the cities of Forest and Leland.

The lawsuit seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has not fulfilled obligations of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP is a complex formula designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards.

Musgrove filed the lawsuit Aug. 28.

Additional districts have 30 days to join as plaintiffs. After that, they need a judge’s permission to join.

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