And currently there are a lot of “suspicious minds” in the education community in terms of the efforts of the legislative leadership, namely House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, to revamp or rewrite the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.
The Adequate Education Program, of course, is the mechanism used to provide the bulk of the state’s share of funds for the basic operation of local school districts, whether it is paying the salary of teachers or paying to turn on the lights every morning or paying to clean the bathrooms.
Many in the education community are suspicious of the fact that Reeves and Gunn, basically out of the blue, announced in October that they were hiring little known, at least in these parts, EdBuild from New Jersey to help with the revamping of MAEP. And the plan is to have recommendations from EdBuild in hand for the 2017 session, starting in January, to make those possible revisions.