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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Budget proposal falls short for education

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee, as many supporters of public education anticipated, again failed in its recommendations for 2016 to make significant progress in fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, the bedrock minimum needed for school districts to provide an adequate education.

The committee recommended increasing MAEP funding by a mere $32 million, and that won’t even cover the teacher pay raise passed in 2014, which requires an additional $40 million in the 2016 budget cycle, the cycle legislators will vote on in the 2015 session.

The committee’s executive summary cover page lists as FY2016 Budget Goals, “Provide adequate funding of critical state operations.”

The proposed budget fails to adequately fund public education, inarguably a critical function. The shortfall for MAEP under the committee’s terms would be $280 million, which would bring to nearly $1.8 billion the amount underfunded in the formula since the 2008 legislative session.

Daily Journal

Posted December 11, 2014 - 6:36 am

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