June 2021

14 Years of Underfunding

14 years of underfunding. This year’s graduates have had their education shortchanged every single year – funded at a level that even Mississippi law says is inadequate. $3-billion. That’s the total amount that was owed but denied the nearly half-million children who rely on the state each year to provide them a quality education. While …

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MAEP Funding for 2021-2022, Teacher Salaries

Despite a slight increase, the MAEP is underfunded this year by $272-million, bringing total underfunding since FY2008 to $3-billion, an ominous benchmark for our public schools. See your school district’s MAEP allocation and underfunding amount here. Legislators have pledged to do better. Notably, they are in the process of putting together study committees to craft a plan to …

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Lawmakers Urge Caution on Revenue

“While Mississippi may be back on paper, the same lawmakers expressing excitement are also urging caution about the sustainability of these revenue growths. They attribute much of the excess money to the influx of federal stimulus dollars and unemployment benefits issued over the last year.” “All the money that’s been dumped in the state is cycling …

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Arkansas Outpaces Mississippi in Public Education Spending

Lots of critical investments waiting on Mississippi’s drawing board…how will leaders take advantage of our opportunities to catch up with Arkansas and other neighbors? Read our opinion column: https://tpcref.org/mississippi-growth-and-prosperity/ (graph sources cited here: https://bit.ly/3hUgwBn)

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