Mississippi PEP

BY: Dr. Scott Elliott | President, Meridian Community College

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” should never be confused with optimum problem solving.

Yet, Mississippi may be perilously posed to do just that where public education is concerned. I am, of course, referencing Initiative 42, which will be voted upon by Mississippians on Nov. 3. It is a referendum calling for the full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) under any circumstances, meaning whether the State (based on tax revenues) can afford it or not.

I can’t imagine anyone arguing over the merits of stronger support for our public school children and teachers. It’s obvious that the Legislature favors increased K-12 funding, witness the $110 million new dollars appropriated to public schools for FY16 inclusive of a guaranteed faculty pay increase. And the Legislature’s bolstering of public school coffers didn’t just start last session. On the contrary, from FY2000-2015…

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