GOP leaders could seek revamp of Miss. school budget plans

Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to change Mississippi’s education funding formula to try to push more money into classrooms and less into administrative expenses.

The comments by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn came a day after voters defeated Initiative 42, a citizen-sponsored education proposal that would have allowed people to sue in chancery court if school funding falls short….

…Reeves and Gunn said in separate interviews that they’re willing to put more money into efficient school systems that demonstrate strong academic performance. Reeves said school funding should be based on what is spent in top-performing districts, not what’s spent in midlevel districts. However, critics have said that revamping the education program could hurt districts with struggling local tax bases, which often face higher expenses of educating children from impoverished backgrounds.