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Senate unveils K-12 budget, raising questions on new formula

Senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money from the bill. The Clinton Republican wants ...

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Analysis: Lack of info not helping school funding rewrite

There’s still time to have a real discussion about possible changes to Mississippi’s school funding formula. Last week’s derailment of what had once looked like a legislative freight train might provide the opportunity. Unable to decide on what proposals to bring forward, leaders in the House and Senate both abandoned placeholder bills to die at Thursday’s deadline. The issue could ...

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At Mississippi school funding hearing, many say spend more

Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money. A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. “I have yet to be convinced the current ...

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Mississippi lawmakers seek comment on school funding formula

Top lawmakers are seeking public comments on Mississippi’s system of school funding. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn on Monday asked people to email comments to schoolfinance@ls.ms.gov. Lawmakers have hired a consulting firm — EdBuild — to recommend possible changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The funding formula determines how $2.2 billion is divided among Mississippi’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Research nuggets on closing learning gaps

Statistical research studies make for dull reading. But they can provide useful info nuggets for policy makers.    Dr. Roland Fryer is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory. In March he published a working paper through the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled “The Production of Human Capital in ...

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ALAN TURNER — Equity crowdfunding comes to Mississippi

Entrepreneurs often share one tough obstacle: the difficulty in obtaining capital funding for their ventures. Banks and traditional lending institutions are often reticent to provide funds for enterprises which have a generally high failure rate, so unfortunately, many worthy businesses simply never make it to the launch stage. One trend that has been spreading in recent years is the concept ...

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Hearings scheduled on Mississippi school funding initiatives

JACKSON — Mississippians will get to express their opinions about this year’s proposed school funding initiatives during a series of public hearings in late summer. The hearings, announced Tuesday by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, will run from Aug. 11 through Sept. 8. The initiatives will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. Citizen-led Initiative 42 would require lawmakers to fund ...

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Miss. plans $1.47 million in reading grants for 34 schools

JACKSON — With thousands of Mississippi third-graders at risk of flunking this year because they can’t read at a basic level, State Board of Education members are likely to vote Friday to award $1.47 million in grants to help 34 public schools meet the reading requirements. The Legislature mandated that all third graders must read at a basic level by ...

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Both sides in school funding suit seek ruling

JACKSON — Both sides in a lawsuit over state funding for local school districts in Mississippi are asking a judge to rule in their favor without having a full trial in the case. Twenty-one school districts represented by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove are seeking summary judgment, while Attorney General Jim Hood earlier asked that the case be dismissed. Musgrove filed ...

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State certifies school referendum for 2015 ballot

JACKSON — Voters in November 2015 will decide a referendum to write a funding guarantee for “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” into Mississippi’s constitution. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Friday that of 121,691 signatures supporters submitted in October, 116,570 are of valid, registered voters. That’s 9,000 more than the 107,216 required statewide What’s called initiative ...

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