School funding to get special attention in 2017 session

The issue during the 2017 session, which starts Jan. 3, will be how and if the school funding formula program is changed or even replaced.

Dealing with the Adequate Education Program is expected to be on of the most watched issues during the 2017 session.

Numerous public school supporters worry that since legislators have been unable to fully fund the program that the current rewrite effort is just an attempt to provide less money to the local school districts.

But House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who have led the rewrite effort, say that is not their intention. They say their goal is ensuring more money goes to classroom instruction and less to administration.

Daily Journal
12/26/16