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Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools

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JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary’s ruling was signed Tuesday and filed Wednesday in a lawsuit that former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove brought last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district, ...

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Musgrove asks judge to order state to pay school districts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to pay money that 21 school districts say they are owed from past school underfunding. Musgrove, a Democrat who helped write the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and push it into law in 1997 when he was lieutenant governor, also asked Hinds County Chancery Judge William ...

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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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Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, also ...

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Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a telephone call seeking comment. House ...

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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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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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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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Jackson schools join Musgrove-led lawsuit over MAEP underfunding

JACKSON — Jackson Public Schools is joining a lawsuit seeking to recover a shortfall in state education funding and bar future underfunding. The board voted 2-1 yesterday to join, with two abstentions, said spokesman Sherwin Johnson. Jackson alone has been shorted $85 million because of underfunding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program since 2010. The amount at stake among the ...

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