Month: February 2011

Some Senators Pushing to Slash School Funding

Some in the Senate are pushing to strip $65-million from the MAEP appropriation in House Bill 1494. Click here to see how much your school district will lose if these senators get their way. Don’t be fooled. Senators who say that there is a $65-million pot of federal money that can be appropriated to schools are wrong. There is …

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There is No $65-million Pot of Federal Funding to Appropriate for MAEP

Some legislators have suggested that there is federal funding available that can be used as part of the MAEP appropriation.  There is not.  Legislators who advocate using federal dollars to fund the MAEP are referring to the Federal Education Jobs funding that was sent to school districts to help them pay teacher salaries for the current school year.  Federal …

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Projected Revenue for FY2012

Since December when the Legislative Budget Committee released its Legislative Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2012, the revenue picture has improved in the following ways: Revenue continues to come in slightly above projections . The Division of Medicaid has announced that it will not spend its entire appropriation for the current year and will return …

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House Passes Level Funding for K-12 Education

The House of Representatives has passed the K-12 education funding bill, HB1494.  The funding in HB1494 is approximately $25.5-million above the Legislative Budget Recommendation, largely due to $16.3-million to cover an increase in the cost of state retirement. HB1494 as passed by the House provides our schools level funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) plus …

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Governor Barbour Pushes for $65-m Cut to MAEP for FY12

Last Thursday,  Governor Barbour sent a letter to legislative leaders reiterating his position on the budget for the next fiscal year (FY12 or the 2011-2012 school year).  His letter encourages legislators to fund the MAEP at $65-million below the level funding recommended by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.  His reasoning is that, because schools were sent federal Education …

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