Stacey Pickering says school districts inflating data to get more state funds

Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is calling on lawmakers to write new, stricter rules on computing how much state money goes to schools.
The Republican told the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday that he can’t verify the accuracy of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, as required by law, because his office believes numbers on attendance, students receiving free lunch and other items are inaccurate and can’t effectively audit them.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said he’d like to refine attendance estimates by law. But House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has said he’s not interested in modifying MAEP this year.

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1/29/13