JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding.
There are now 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.
Musgrove spokesman George Shelton says Monday that the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, Leland North Bolivar and West Bolivar.
Shelton had announced the Forest municipal school district as a new plaintiff, but later said that was a miscommunication.
The lawsuit seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has not fulfilled obligations of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, a formula designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards.
Musgrove filed the lawsuit Aug. 28. Additional districts have 30 days to join as plaintiffs.