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A History of Education Funding in Mississippi

A collection of JFP's stories on the underfunding of MAEP

Education

Former Gov. Musgrove in Court: Law Requires State to Fund MAEP

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The fight to fully fund the state's education funding formula had its day in the Mississippi Supreme Court on Wednesday. Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove told the court that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program must be fully funded in order to follow state law as it is written.

Education

Suing for Fully Funded Education

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The fight to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program continues in the courtroom, as two Democrats filed a lawsuit against the governor, the state fiscal officer, the Mississippi Department of Education and the state treasurer.

Education

MAEP Not Funded, But Education Formula Re-Write Must Happen by July 1

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The Mississippi Adequate Education Program was not funded in a Department of Education appropriations bill the Mississippi House of Representatives passed Wednesday, signaling that the formula re-write has to happen before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2017.

Education

MAEP, Mental Health Among #MSLeg Cuts

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Public schools should prepare for more budget cuts, as the Mississippi Adequate Education Program took a hit in the budget lawmakers passed late Monday, March 27.

Education

School Funding Rewrite Won't Happen Under Budget Deadline

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The Mississippi House speaker says an effort to rewrite the school funding formula will not be limited by the regular budget deadlines.

Education

MAEP's Future: Legislature Hires New Jersey Firm to Evaluate Education Law

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Legislative leaders have hired New Jersey-based nonprofit EdBuild to evaluate the state's school-funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The State uses MAEP to appropriate tax dollars to school districts throughout the state.

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The Demise of Initiative 42

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As soon as the Mississippi Legislature proposed an alternative measure to Initiative 42, a citizens' initiative to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, its advocates cried foul, saying the alternate was only there to confuse voters.

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Turnout Numbers

On Nov. 3, media outlets reported steady turnout throughout the day in Hinds County, but in the end, the number of Hinds Countians who participated in the 2015 cycle was lower than the previous two cycles.

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Outside Influence on 42

Anti-Initiative 42 advocates formed KidsFirst and Improve Mississippi, which were all funded, at least in part, through outside organizations and dollars.

Editor's Note

Born into the Wrong Demographic

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Failing to pass Initiative 42 punished Mississippi's children simply because they were born into the wrong demographic.

Education

Mississippi Proficiency Levels Dip, as Expected, on New Test

State Superintendent Carey Wright said standards on Mississippi's old tests were too low.

Education

District by District: How Students Scored

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Education has released the share of students in each school district that met or exceeded grade-level expectations for new tests in algebra I and English II.

Education

School Advocates, Lawmakers to Clash Over MAEP Formula?

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As the dust continues to settle on the failed education-funding Initiative 42, new battle lines appear to be forming over the formula Mississippi uses to fund public schools.

Education

Fixing Schools: Big Blue Skies, Nuts and Bolts

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In 2006, when local voters approved a $150 million bond for Jackson Public Schools, a then-Jim Hill High School sophomore named Treshika Melvin thought about how the money would help her former middle school.

Education

GOP Leaders Hint at Revamp of Education Funding

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to change Mississippi's education funding formula to try to push more money into classrooms and less into administrative expenses.

City & County

Chief Lee Vance: Increase School Funding, Lower Crime

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Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance wants more money—not necessarily just for more cops, gear, or squad cars, but for schools.

Education

State Test Scores Show Progress Against Higher Standards

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Mississippi middle- and high-school students are slowly adapting to more rigorous College and Career Ready standards according to state test results released on Thursday.

Education

Mississippi Schools Show Signs of Improvement Despite Underfunding

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Academic progress primarily comes from good instruction, and staffing schools, especially in south Jackson, has presented JPS recruiters with problems.

Voters Reject Constitutional Amendment Over School Funding

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters rejected any change to the state constitution to bolster public school funding, defeating Initiative 42 on Tuesday.

Education

National Report Card: State Still Below Proficient

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Mississippi was the only state that increased both its reading and math proficiency levels for fourth graders according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Editorial

Find an Issue Worth Your Vote

Being registered to vote is meaningless unless you wield your power as a citizen and actually head to a polling place.

Business

Backroom Anti-42 Politics Counterproductive for Employers

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Improving education in Mississippi should be the priority of manufacturers and bankers and insurance agents and realtors and restaurateurs.

Education

Down to the Wire: The Final Push to Pass Initiative 42

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Less than a week until the Nov. 3 election, Initiative 42 proponents are making their final push to inform voters about the citizen-driven ballot initiative.

Education

Be True to Initiative 42’s Calls for Accountability  

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After reading more than a dozen opinion articles from numerous outlets, one thing is clear: Initiative 42 does not simply fall under a catchall category.

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MAEP: The Formula and How Politics Got in the Way

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The state Legislature established the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, in 1997 to avoid equity lawsuits being filed across the country.

Civil Rights

The 42 Vote: Mississippi’s Time of Reckoning

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When Mississippi Rep. Lester "Bubba" Carpenter stepped to the microphone at a Republican rally in Tishomingo County and started warning about a "black judge" taking away funds from white schools and giving it to blacker ones, it was deja vu all over again.

Editorial

Vote for Initiative 42 on Nov. 3

We encourage all Mississippians to vote "For 42" in the general election on Nov. 3.

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MAEP Formula Explained

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MAEP funding (theoretically) covers teacher and district employee salaries, retirement and insurance, instruction materials, operational costs, transportation, and special, vocational, gifted and alternative education.

Education

Education-Funding Initiative Gets Enough Petitions to Make 2015 Ballot

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Almost 200,000 Mississippians from around the state have signed a petition for a state initiative to require lawmakers to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program—far more than the 107,216 certificated signatures required.

Education

Public Education Lawsuit, Explained

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While Attorney General Jim Hood prepares his defense against former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove's lawsuit against the state for failing to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, advocates and politicians on both sides of the adequate-funding debate are criticizing the lawsuit.

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Debating Initiative 42

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Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, and Jim Keith, a Republican lawyer and Initiative 42 proponent, discussed Initiative 42 and the legislative alternative 42A on Oct. 19 at the Capital Club.

Education

Under Pressure: Some Mississippi Educators Silenced on School-Funding Battle

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Advocates of Initiative 42 complain that warnings to educators are designed to divide higher education and K-12 education communities, while also silencing them on an issue close to many of their hearts.

Education

Rep. Lester 'Bubba' Carpenter: 'Deeply Sorry' for Racial Comments

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State Rep. Lester "Bubba" Carpenter, a Burnsville Republican, this morning walked back racially charged statements made public over the weekend about the Initiative 42 schools-funding referendum.

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MAEP Formula Explained

The MAEP formula explained

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One Destination, Two Routes

Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who co-authored MAEP, and public-education advocates at Better Schools Better Jobs want the same thing: for the state to recognize its duty to fully fund education according to the formula it created.

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State’s GOP Lawmakers Must Stop Pitting Poor Kids Against Sick People

Mississippi Republican leadership will stop at very little to try to scare voters into allowing them to continue violating state law and underfunding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, even if it means using the sick poor of the state as a pawn in the game.

Civil Rights

Do the Anti-42 Politicians Feel No Shame?

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Do you ever wake up in the morning and wonder why Mississippi's Republican Leadership seems to hate democracy so much?

Politics

More Fallout Over MAEP Funding Court Battle

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Ironically, the same cadre of Republican leaders who unilaterally pushed through 42A are lambasting Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd for what they say is usurping the Legislature's authority and making a decision with far-reaching consequences for the entire state.

City & County

Shorting MAEP Basically a Tax Hike

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Dr. Cedrick Gray, the superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, seems to be proving tight-fisted Mississippi lawmakers right when they say it doesn't necessarily take throwing money at schools to improve education.

Education

School Official Wants Probe of Anti-42 Emails

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Although legislative opponents to school-funding ballot Initiative 42 have been threatening deep cuts to state agencies—and therefore state jobs—for months, a new front has opened up in the battle for the hearts and minds of state workers.

Education

Initiative 42: Ballot of Confusion

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A group advocating for an education-funding initiative is calling foul on the wording for the referendum on the secretary of state's sample ballot.

Editorial

We Need to Learn From Charter Schools Before Expanding Them

It is too early to deem charter schools a success or failure in Mississippi. We are witnessing the beginning of a limited experiment in privatized "public" education starting this year in Jackson.

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What Schools Are Missing Out On

Mississippi public education has been underfunded 15 out of the last 17 years. While some say that money won't fix the deeply rooted problems in the state's education system, the things listed here would and they cost money.

Education

Budget Cuts or Scare Tactics?

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Representatives for state workers are decrying proposed budget cuts to state agencies that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, asked for last week.

Education

MAEP Opponents Complain About Program They Helped Implement

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Many people who don't support the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which aims to support schools across the state with necessary resources, believe the formula is faulty. But few go beyond that in their explanation.

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MAEP Memes: Myths vs. Realities

Opponents of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program are pushing a number of memes about the law and public education in Mississippi to argue their case. Here are how the arguments square with the facts.

Education

Analysis: Democrats Disappointed for the Children

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Whether this past session of the Mississippi Legislature was successful depends largely on which party a lawmaker belonged to.

Education

Upping the Ante: GOP Threatens Education, Medicaid in Budget Hearings

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The Republican leadership, which is against fully funding of MAEP, insists that if Initiative 42 passes, lawmakers will be forced to fully fund MAEP immediately, although its proponents are not asking for immediate funding.

City & County

JPS Progress Report Good, Still Low Marks for MAEP Funding

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Despite legislative budget writers shortchanging them, along with every other school district in the state, Jackson Public Schools are showing improvement in several areas.

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Then and Now: When ‘School Choice’ Creates a Divide

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"School choice" is a hot-button political phrase, used in some form since the 1960s. At its most generic, it means giving parents an option of where to send their kids to school beyond the traditional public school of the district in which they live, while still using public dollars, such as with charter schools.

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MAEP’s Moral Center: Mississippi’s Education Enigma

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The quality of education in Mississippi is falling behind the rest of the nation with only 61 percent of students graduating from high school on time and two-thirds of kindergarteners not ready to learn how to read.

Business

Backroom Anti-42 Politics Counterproductive for Employers

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Improving education in Mississippi should be the priority of manufacturers and bankers and insurance agents and realtors and restaurateurs.

Education

Public-Ed Foes Swooping In to Block Ed Funding

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The war is on against public-education funding with large political advocacy groups and GOP donors' dollars pouring into anti-Initiative 42 Political Initiative Committees (PICs).

Education

Cristen Hemmins: Education, Equal Pay and Taking On Tollison

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Jackson native Cristen Hemmins decided to run for the District 9 Senate seat (which includes Oxford and most of Lafayette County) when her opponent, Gray Tollison, introduced Initiative 42A to the Senate.

Justice

Schools Funding Now Up to State Supreme Court

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The fate of an education ballot initiative now rests with the Mississippi Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in the case this morning in Jackson. The nine justices will decide whether a lower court overstepped its authority when he rewrote an alternative proposed ballot initiative.

Education

Lawsuit Challenges State's Failure to Fund MAEP

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Angered by the state's failure to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, 14 Mississippi school districts filed legal claims in Hinds County on Aug. 28.

Education

Special Ed Groups on the Fence about Initiative 42

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Initiative 42, the citizen-supported ballot measure to fully fund Mississippi's public-school system, boasts of having a broad coalition of support. However, a vocal and influential bloc aren't fully convinced that the initiative will be good for their kids.

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How Is MAEP Calculated?

Parents' Campaign President Nancy Loome explains that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula looks at the funding that would be required for every student in the state to receive at least an adequate education.

Education

Reeves, Gunn Refuse to Reveal Emails About Initiatives 42 and 42-A

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Officials with the public-school advocacy group Better Schools, Better Jobs are exploring their options after top lawmakers denied the group's public-records request for emails.

Education

Initiative 42 Supporters Outraising Opponents

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The most expensive ballot initiative campaign in Mississippi history got costlier in September, as supporters of the Initiative 42 education funding measure continued to outraise opponents.