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State to study separate district for troubled schools

JACKSON — The State Board of Education is likely to study a new plan to create a separate statewide school district in Mississippi to take over troubled schools and school districts. The board discussed the study Thursday in a work session where frustration boiled over about the state’s inability to turn around schools and what board members see as a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its many low-tax-base schools providing inferior ...

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Will lawmakers debate tax cuts as election year looms?

JACKSON — Mississippi has state elections in 2015, and it’s a safe bet that lawmakers will try to endear themselves to voters by debating a tax cut. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are both seeking re-election, and they’re already reciting familiar Republican talking points by saying people should keep more of the money they earn. Any proposal ...

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Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made ...

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Hood asks justices to toss Musgrove-led MAEP lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school aid formula must be fully ...

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Group delivers signatures for referendum on education funding

JACKSON — Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi loaded up the bed of a Chevrolet pickup with 16 boxes and drove to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office yesterday. Inside those boxes, they say, are the certified signatures of 121,691 votes, enough to put a referendum on the ...

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Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee this week, setting ...

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Another school district joins Musgrove-led MAEP funding lawsuit

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — The Sunflower County school district is joining a lawsuit against the state, seeking to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding. There are now 21 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Sunflower County, created by a merger of the Sunflower County, Indianola and Drew districts, has about $13 million at ...

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Lawmakers question education leaders about escalating administrative costs

JACKSON — State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi’s school funding formula were questioned yesterday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program in the 2016 ...

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Supporters racing school funding referendum deadline

JACKSON — Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot. State law says they must turn in at least 107,216 signatures of registered voters at least 90 days before the ...

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