Appeal Regarding Education Funding
The Mississippi Supreme Court is hearing arguments over the under funding of Mississippi’s Education Funding Formula. Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove is making his case to justices demanding the state pay $236 million dollars for shorting 21 school districts between 2010 and 2015 when lawmakers did not fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The districts also want judges to order the legislature to never under fund the formula again. Originally, a hind’s county judge ruled against the districts and now the case is in an appeal in the state supreme court. Assistant Attorney General “Justin Matheny” who is defending the state, says the law requiring full funding can’t actually force lawmakers to obey and says the state is immune from having to make any payments. While no action was taken this legislative session, state legislators are working to re-write Mississippi’s education funding formula.