Published Online: April 17, 2007
Published in Print: April 18, 2007, as Miss. Aid Formula Gets Full Funding

Capitol Recap

Miss. Aid Formula Gets Full Funding

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The following offers highlights of the recent legislative session. Precollegiate enrollment figures are based on fall 2006 data reported by state officials for public elementary and secondary schools. The figures for precollegiate education spending do not include federal flow-through funds, unless noted.

Gov. Haley Barbour

Republican
Senate:
26 Democrats
73 Republicans

House:
26 Democrats
46 Republicans
Enrollment:
494,000

Gov. Haley Barbour finally received complete support for his statewide school finance formula when both legislative chambers passed a funding bill March 29. The action marked the first time the program has been fully financed in four years.

The legislature approved about $2.2 billion for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, intended to equalize school spending throughout the state. The total K-12 budget is $2.5 billion, a 9.2 percent increase over the previous year, out of a total state budget of about $5.5 billion.

Lawmakers also passed a 3 percent across-the-board pay raise for teachers and a $500 salary raise for teachers’ aides.

A minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity per week for students was also mandated by the legislature as a way to improve the health of students. Mississippi has had no physical education requirement. Mr. Barbour, a Republican, signed the measure.

A $5 million early-childhood-education initiative failed to win approval.

See Also
See other stories on education issues in Mississippi. See data on Mississipi's public school system.

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