Salter: Musgrove’s zeal over MAEP funding hasn’t waned

STARKVILLE — The push being spearheaded by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to gin up lawsuits against the state over the failure of the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) is one that is understandable if one simply read his Wikipedia entry on his political views on education.

That information makes clear that Musgrove indeed played a leading role — perhaps the leading role — in guiding the MAEP package to legislative passage while serving as lieutenant governor in 1997.

Musgrove is one of Mississippi’s leading experts on how the process of funding public education is supposed to work as opposed to how it actually works. His interest in this lawsuit is borne out by a lifetime of pro-public education and political activism.