News in Brief

14 Miss. Districts Sue State Over Underfunding

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Fourteen Mississippi school districts have sued the state, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state's public school funding formula over the last six years.

The suit, filed last month, also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program.

State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by $1.5 billion since 2009. The districts say they're owed $115 million. More districts could join the lawsuit, but those that don't would not receive back money.

Backers of a ballot initiative to add a guarantee of "an adequate and efficient system of free public schools" to the state constitution have actively worked to persuade districts not to sue.

They warn lawmakers might react angrily by cutting funding.

Vol. 34, Issue 03, Page 5

Published in Print: September 10, 2014, as 14 Miss. Districts Sue State Over Underfunding
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented