Mississippi Black Caucus calls for full funding of education budget

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Legislative Black Caucus’ request that House and Senate leaders fully fund Mississippi’s school budget formula appears likely to be fulfilled, based on early recommendations for state spending in this election year.

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program is designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards. It has been fully funded only twice since being put into law in 1997.

The Black Caucus chairman, Democratic Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones of Canton, said Wednesday that it’s time for lawmakers to stop shortchanging MAEP.

“It’s always been a political pawn, but we haven’t put our money where our mouth is,” Jones said during a Capitol news conference.