Supreme Court to hear arguments in school funding lawsuit

Even as legislative leaders contemplate rewriting the Mississippi Adequate Education school funding formula, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether legislators are violating the law by not fully funding the formula.

Oral arguments are set before the state’s highest court for May 17 in a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and others on behalf of 21 school districts, including Clay County, Prentiss County and Okolona from Northeast Mississippi.

The Musgrove lawsuit is trying to accomplish two goals:

– To force the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Adequate Education Program going forward.

– To recoup for the school districts filing the lawsuit the amount they have been underfunded since 2008. Statewide, all local school districts have been underfunded $2.1 billion since 2008.

Daily Journal
5/7/17