DeSoto senators split on education funds

Gov. Haley Barbour issued another round of budget cuts Wednesday as a result of the state Senate’s approval of an extra $30 million in funding for education.

Barbour announced in Jackson Wednesday an additional $19.16 million in cuts to K-12 education and $190,671 in cutbacks to the National Board Certified Teacher Program.

On Tuesday, senators voted 31-19 for an amendment to House Bill 1622 that would add about $2 million in funds to pay teachers who have National Board Certification and more than $27 million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, basic state funding for public elementary and high schools.

Sen. Doug Davis, R-Hernando, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted against the extra $30 million in education funding.

Davis said senators provided “no inkling” of where the $30 million might come from.

Desoto Times
3/17/10