JEFF AMY – Analysis: School funding debate bumpy, direction unclear

Despite an eventful couple of days in discussions about rewriting the state education funding formula, the public is no closer to knowing what changes lawmakers will consider to the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program.

Instead, Mississippians got a lot of outrage from people who oppose changes because they don’t trust Republican legislators….

…Senate President Pro Tem Terry Burton, R-Newton, said he favored having more public hearings in locations around the state, but said that was up to EdBuild. However, EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia said the decision on whether there would be more hearings was up to legislative leaders.

Sibilia said that, so far, EdBuild employees had visited a magnet elementary school near the Capitol in Jackson, plus schools in Clinton and Madison County. In a state where two-thirds of the population lives outside metropolitan areas, that’s not terribly representative. She said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ office was handling arrangements for her and her employees to visit schools.

Time’s running out, though. The 2017 legislative session starts Jan. 3, and Sibilia said EdBuild is aiming to deliver recommendations in December.

Clarion Ledger
11/20/16