His lawsuit appears to be struggling to gather the backing of other groups traditionally in favor of full funding of MAEP, a number of whom attended the speech.
Another set of education advocates is currently acquiring signatures to change the state constitution to require full funding.
Kelly Reilly, executive director of the Mississippi Professional Educators, says their board has expressed support for the amendment but is still examining the lawsuit.
“I think they are watching both of these initiatives very closely. Just as they watch each legislative session to see what the leadership is going to do,” Reilly said.