TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - One of the architects of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program is not happy with the Republican proposal to change the formula that decides how much state money is sent to local school districts.
"The argument of House Speaker Philip Gunn and his allies is basically this formula is causing a political problem for us. So if we get rid of the formula, then people can't complain we're $200 million short," said Democratic Senator Hob Bryan of Amory.
Bryan is referring to the regular underfunding of MAEP. It has only been fully funded twice since the Legislature passed it in 1997, and he contends school districts will lose money under the new formula.
Supporters of the GOP formula, which has already passed the House, say it provides more reliable funding for K-12 education