Improving upon how the Magnolia State funds education

Legislators could revise the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. It’s designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards. State schools have been fully funded only twice since the plan became law in 1997 but now legislators have had enough criticism for not adequately funding schools. Mississippi ranks schools A through F, like a report card, and is based on per-pupil spending for a district with a C ranking. The other options would be to expand charter schools or find ways to expand the use of tax dollars and send some children to private schools. They are also considering a plan that would consolidate some school districts or create a state run district to take over academically troubled districts.

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