6. Mississippi school districts are funded by a mix of federal, state, and local funds. The state contributes to local school districts through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). MAEP is intended to fund teacher salaries, retirement and benefits, transportation costs, facility maintenance and utilities, special education and other programs, but it is underfunded statewide this year by $279-million. What role will you play in advocating for full funding of MAEP for your district? I would advocate on every level possible to help plan and implement fully funding MAEP. I believe educating the public more in how their tax dollars are funding or should be funding public education, is a starting place. I would not expect many citizens, including community leaders and educators, to understand this funding process or problems confronting it. I would support a role in helping educate the public and encouraging support of our educational system.