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5 More Districts Join Miss. School Funding Lawsuit

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.

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Turtleread 7 years ago

Although I think the voters of the state will, I think, do the right thing by putting an Educational Funding Amendment on the ballot, I would not blame or put down ANY city or county school district that joins this lawsuit. The legislature has a habit of making promises with their mouths that they then refused to fund and write a check for later. Education is a basic service of the state, not the Federal Government so it should be fully funded. And when it has been only funded at adequate levels once or twice in the history of MAEP when by 2009 it should have been fully funded, then either the legal system needs to step in or the voters or both to rectify this situation. It's as simple as: Do Your Job, Legislature!

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