Legislative leaders seek public input on school funding

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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn announced Monday a new email address for the public to provide input to lawmakers as they consider revising the state’s current school funding practices.

The Legislature is working with the New Jersey-based group EdBuild, which will come up with preliminary recommendations to make the formula more “student-based” by the end of the year. At her first appearance before the House and Senate education committees, EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia pointed to states that have a low per-pupil cost, then add specific weights based on the individual student to that number to come up with the final amount per student.

Republican leaders say the state’s current formula directs too much money to administration, and any revisions would be to direct more money into the classroom.

Mississippians can send ideas and input regarding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and potential revisions to schoolfinance@ls.ms.gov.

The Legislature will also hold public meetings with EdBuild, but those dates have not yet been announced.