MAEP Funding Law Changes
Major changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program could be made in these last few weeks of the 2016 legislative session even though those changes have not yet been discussed in the Education Committees or on the floor in either chamber.
Legislation has passed the house and is pending in the senate that does nothing to change the formula itself, but keeps code sections alive so changes could be made at a later date.
Lawmakers say the plan is to send that “place-holder” bill to a conference committee where six legislators will decide what, if any changes need to be made to MAEP.
The Mississippi Adequate Education Program is the mechanism that directs state funds to local school districts for basic operations. It’s under funding by nearly two million dollars since 2008, has sparked heated debate, especially in the past year.