When state Auditor Shad White issued a three-page report last week stating that spending on school administration has risen faster than spending on some other parts of K-12 education, it wasn’t like he had found an undiscovered country. Republicans have been complaining about the subject for years, and some have seriously explored legislative fixes meant to penalize districts that they believe spend poorly.
Columbus Municipal School District has been left on the hook for educating dozens of former county students for which they have no state funding, and for testing those students without what some officials consider a fair opportunity to prepare them.
Mississippi’s traditional public school lobby is not dead, any rematch over rewriting the school funding formula could have to wait until after the 2020 elections, and the prospect for increased funding of the current formula looks uncertain.
Opponents of changing the way Mississippi funds its public schools say that all schools will come out poorer under a proposed new formula than if the current one were fully funded.
Mississippi House members chose Republicans vision of practicality and transparency in education funding Wednesday over Democrats’ aims for more money and more equitable treatment of poor students.
There would be little change in state aid to Mississippi public school districts in the next two years under a new funding formula being pushed by House Republican leaders.
Some Democrats say the public needs more time to study a proposal to rewrite Mississippi’s education funding formula.
Mississippi lawmakers will again attempt to rewrite the state’s school funding formula in the legislative session beginning Tuesday, but it remains unanswered how they will decide what to spend.
A credit rating agency is warning that Mississippi school districts could feel more financial pressure after the state Supreme Court’s decision that the Legislature isn’t obligated to fully fund a school budget formula.
The Mississippi Legislature does not have an obligation to fully fund a school budget formula that was put into law two decades ago, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in upholding a ruling from a lower court.