Education Budget and Charter School Update
Governor Bryant made public schools a priority in the latest round of budget cuts when he exempted the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP).
While MAEP funding to local schools is not affected by last week's reduction, the Mississippi Department of Education's budget will be cut by $4.8-million. Literacy support, teacher training, and dropout prevention are just a few of the services provided through Department of Ed funding. The new round of cuts to state services is the latest consequence of the accounting errors and budget-busting corporate tax breaks that have created a near-crisis in state fiscal affairs.
In other school news, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board voted 4-2 today to deny a charter to the lone applicant to make it to the final stage of the current application process, meaning no additional charter schools will be authorized for the coming year. The board continued its commitment to high standards for charter schools, adhering to the statute that requires a track record of success for those proposing to open a charter school in Mississippi. Mississippi's third charter school, Smilow Prep, opened this fall in Jackson. A fourth, Smilow Collegiate, which was authorized last year, will begin operating in the 2017-2018 school year. Read more about charter schools.
Thanks, as always, for your support of public schools!
Source: The Parents' Campaign Research and Education Fund