How will your Mississippi school district come out if the Ed Build funding formula for education were to replace the MAEP?
For years now, the funding of education in Mississippi with the MAEP has been a constant subject of controversy and scrutiny. The MAEP has only been fully funded twice since its implementation, but the formula has never been certified as an efficient or accurate method of determining district funding. During last year’s legislative session, a group called Ed Build was brought in to review our current education funding formula, consult with our legislators and recommend any changes that needed to be made. Ed Build did all of the above, but the 2017 legislative session ended with no decisions made or bills passed to address the issue.
Now, the 2018 MS legislative has started, and Ed Build is back again. It has been stated by some of our top statewide elected officials that this issue is and will be at the forefront. You can click on the following link to read more about this: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/05/mississippi-school-funding-rewrite-advances/1009409001/.
But, what does this mean for education in our state, and how would your MS school district come out if the Ed Build funding method was passed and implemented? You can refer to the picture below to see that DeSoto County Schools would come out with one of the highest increases/student. The new Ed Build formula would give DCS $589 more/student for a total state contribution of over $165,000,000. If you click on the following link, you can read more details about the funding and see how your MS school district would come out: https://www.apnews.com/2264d91420544eeba3d3c36baf552ccb.
No matter where you stand on the issue of the MAEP, Ed Build or education funding in general, I think we should all agree that decisions need to be made and followed through. School districts need to be able to have some stability and consistency when it comes to the method for determining education funding. I pray that this year will be the year that some hard decisions are made, and this issue is resolved.