JACKSON, MISS. — Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding.
With the additions announced Monday, there are now 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.
Musgrove spokesman George Shelton said the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, Leland, North Bolivar and West Bolivar. Shelton on Monday originally announced the Forest municipal school district as a new plaintiff, but a short time later said that was a “miscommunication.”
The lawsuit seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has not fulfilled obligations of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP is a complex formula designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards.