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Every legislative session and all throughout the school year, citizens watch and hear the ongoing debate over funding for education in our state. In this post, I want to provide you with more information on the state’s education budget.

From the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office, I am sharing with you the documents below. They are a breakdown of what was allocated for education in 2016, projected in 2017, etc. and by each education category. There are several points that I hope you take away from reviewing these documents:

1. Education funding is complex and divided into many categories and sub-categories. It isn’t a black and white issue as in ‘To Add More Funding or To Not Add More Funding’. It’s just not that simple. There are state and federal regulations and mandates to take into account and an incredibly large system that the money must pass through before reaching our districts. Just consider this the next time funding is discussed.

2. If you remember in a previous post, I discussed the biggest scam in education today……..education consultants and vendors. Pay attention to the $135,000,000+ allocated in our state just for Professional Development and Training. Keep in mind, that the $135,000,000 does not encompass all of the spending for this area. You would have to refer to each specific category to understand how each categories’ money is spent. For simplicity’s sake, I will refrain from elaborating on this topic. You can review the numbers for yourself.

3. I hope you will realize what information is available to the public and where to find it. Oftentimes, the best way for citizens to fix problems is to become better informed. There is a lot of information available to the public, and I hope to help you along the way to know where to find it.

You can click on the following link to see all 16 pages of this document:  

http://www.lbo.ms.gov/misc/FY18_BudgetBook/bbook18-br20.pdf.  

I encourage you to review them if for no other reason than just to become more knowledgeable in the area of education funding. Stay informed and stay engaged!

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