Jackson school system joins education funding lawsuit

JACKSON, Mississippi — Jackson Public Schools are joining a lawsuit seeking to recover a shortfall in state education funding and bar future underfunding.

The board voted 2-1 Tuesday to join, with two abstentions, said spokesman Sherwin Johnson.

Jackson alone has been shorted $85 million because of underfunding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program since 2010. The amount at stake among the 20 districts now suing jumped to about $225 million with Jackson’s addition.