Education Funding

Miss. Aid Formula Gets Full Funding

By Laura Greifner — April 17, 2007 1 min read

Mississippi

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.

A version of this article appeared in the April 18, 2007 edition of Education Week

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