By JEFF AMY
The House and Senate on Monday approved House Bill 1592, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto.
The measure provides $2.2 billion in state money for school spending in the budget year beginning July 1. The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, as the public school funding formula is called, will get a slight increase to pay higher health insurance costs for teachers.
Lawmakers will expand spending on a program that pays for 4 year olds to attend preschool, allowing expansion to more communities.
The state will spend more on teacher bonuses for schools that perform well in the state’s rating system.