MAEP rewrite likely pushed back to 2018

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, indicated during a recent speech that it is not likely that there will be an attempt this year to rewrite the Mississippi Adequate Education Program school funding formula.

After the speech, though, Gunn said there is a remote possibility that, if an agreement is worked out by the House and Senate leadership on a rewrite, it still could be taken up during a special session later this year. There is no plan, though, by Gov. Phil Bryant to include the proposed rewrite in the special session he is calling for June 5 to take up budget issues.

“We worked hard on that (rewrite) and I have said repeatedly we want to get it right. We don’t want to get it rushed,” Gunn said. “We spent a lot of time working on that. We will continue to work…

“Just because we did not get it done (during the 2017) session does not mean we are not going to continue to work on it.”

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