Analysis: Ed funding challenges loom large

An effort to change or rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula kicks off in earnest this week as representatives of EdBuild arrive in Jackson.

House and Senate leaders hired the New Jersey nonprofit to advise them on possible changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. There are lots of challenges that must be surmounted in any serious rewrite, and it seems unlikely that the two months that EdBuild has been given to prepare recommendations will be enough time to gather any meaningful public input or build any consensus around changes.

Republican leadership could attempt to push a big change that affects 500,000 children through the Legislature next year at the same time they’re trying to rewrite the state’s tax code and raise funding for transportation. That’s an ambitious slate, considering gas tax proposals alone last year sparked a GOP revolt that sank the issue, despite a push from business groups.

Clarion Ledger
10/23/16