Possible MAEP revisions to be hammered out by handful of legislative leaders

The legislative leadership has opted to follow the path of waiting to conference committee to resolve not only the possible MAEP revisions, but also the issue of whether to raise taxes for a new infrastructure improvements program in the state.

“No matter who the conferees are, we do better when we have public debate,” said Bryan.

The possible changes to the MAEP could include Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ proposal to provide the amount of funds needed to operate A and B schools instead of C schools. According to the Mississippi Department of Education, basing the funding formula on the cost to operate typical A and B schools instead of C schools would reduce the annual appropriations to the local school districts by about $80 million.

Daily Journal
3/20/16