Mississippi had the 10th deepest cuts nationally in education spending since the recession hit in 2008, according to a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
According to the study released last week, Mississippi is spending $648 less per pupil, adjusted for inflation, for the current fiscal year than it did in 2008 before the recession hit. Or put another way, the state is spending 13.1 percent less, adjusted for inflation, per student.
“Mississippi students deserve an education system that will prepare them for the future,” said Sara Miller, senior policy analyst for the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. “Without full funding for public education in Mississippi, we are denying them a chance at future success.”