Stakeholders demand transparency in MAEP rewrite

The overaching message education stakeholders brought forth to lawmakers at the Capitol Thursday amid a possible rewrite of Mississippi’s education funding formula was clear— spending less will not bring quality.

Her gaze unwavering, Rebecca Sibilia, the CEO of the New Jersey based nonprofit hired to provide proposals for a student-based education funding structure, listened as speakers told how the decision to underfund the Mississippi Adaquate Education Program means cash-strapped districts struggle to provide textbooks or repair aging buildings….

…An announcement for Thursday’s hearing said the meeting would be run by education leadership, but both Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, and Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, were absent. Instead the meeting was lead by Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, and Rep. Jason White, R-West. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn also were not present.

Clarion Ledger