Miss. faces school funds crisis

The leaders who oversee Mississippi’s kindergartners to collegians say they’re standing on dangerous financial ground, and they’re looking to the Legislature for help.

At the same time, they may have to listen to lawmakers discuss controversial changes to education in the state.

Charter schools, consolidations and other reforms could be ahead if lawmakers make good on some campaign promises, but funding could be the biggest hurdle they face as the state anticipates slightly less revenue in the coming year.

Funding for the state’s public schools, community colleges and universities constitutes the majority of the state dollars lawmakers appropriate, but what they’re doling out is just not going to cut it, educators say.

Clarion Ledger
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