Mississippi PEP

Both the House and Senate are beginning work in earnest this week on a state budget that is scheduled to be completed near the end of the 2014 session in late March or early April.

Some public education advocates are not happy with the opening round of that process.

Nancy Loome, executive director of the Parents Campaign, expressed disappointment via email that the House Appropriations Committee passed a budget Tuesday that essentially level funds the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which provides the state’s share of the basics for operating local school districts.

The proposal, expected to be voted on today by the full House, does include $25 million for the first year of a multiyear pay teacher raise that the House passed earlier this session.

While numbers were not available Tuesday, House Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said the total House general fund proposal will be $5.96 billion, or a…

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