Ed funding: A new formula in Mississippi?

The structure for the formula is average daily attendance times base student cost plus at-risk component minus local contribution plus 8-percent guarantee. Meant to ensure “adequate current operation funding levels,” the formula has been decried by critics as a behemoth and defended by education advocates and cash-strapped districts who have fought fiercely for funding.

With top Republican leadership, including Gov. Phil Bryant, expressing support for a student-centered funding formula, both sides are wondering if the 2017 session will sound the death knell for the current MAEP structure.

Clarion Ledger
11/27/16