Legislators could try to revise the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, a complex formula designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards. The formula has been fully funded only two years since it was put into law in 1997, and legislators are tired of being criticized for falling short of the mark.
Mississippi ranks schools A through F, like a report card, and the formula is based on per-pupil spending for a district with a C ranking. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has suggested the formula should be based on per-pupil spending at school districts ranked A or B. While this could reduce the amount needed to achieve full funding, lawmakers say they’re seeking the most efficient use of tax dollars.