Inadequate Funding For Education Program Is Adequate

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that the Legislature does not have an obligation to fully fund a school budget formula that was put into law two decades ago. The court has ruled against 21 school districts that sued the state in August 2014, just after the start of the 2015 state budget year. They sought money to make up for shortfalls when lawmakers didn’t fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The formula is designed to give districts enough money to meet midlevel academic standards, but it has been short-funded most years. A Hinds County chancery judge ruled against the school districts in 2015, saying that the formula is not a mandate and Supreme Court Justices upheld that ruling on Thursday.

 

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