Education budget provides $2.52 billion

Public schools will see record levels of funding under a $2.52 billion budget approved by the state Senate, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said today. The education budget includes the second phase of a teacher pay raise, support for officers in schools and National Board Certified Teacher funds.

“I’m proud to say classrooms across Mississippi will receive more money this year than ever before in the history of our state,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “Republicans have made increased education funding, focused on putting more money in the classroom, a priority.”

Earlier this year, Lt. Gov. Reeves proposed increasing public education spending by an additional $110 million. House Bill 1536 spends $109.9 million in classrooms across the state. The bill heads to Gov. Phil Bryant for consideration.

With this bill, education funding will increase by $285 million in programs that directly impact classrooms over four years. The Legislature has increased support for teacher pay raises, reading coaches, prekindergarten, National Board Certified Teachers, teacher supply funds, school safety programs and vocational education.

Tate Reeves Press Release