At Mississippi school funding hearing, many say spend more

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money.

A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. They say the main flaw in the status quo is lawmakers’ failure to provide the amount of money called for by the formula. It’s only been fully funded twice since 1997.

Speakers also say the process needs to be less secretive and consultants need to have more hearings.

EdBuild, the consulting firm hired by lawmakers, is supposed to submit recommendations by year’s end, allowing the Legislature to consider a rewrite in 2017.

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