Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said providing more funding for public education in Mississippi won’t solve the state’s educational problem unless the money is being spent wisely.

“There will be those who will never think we spend enough on education,” Reeves said. “While we try to focus on spending more on public education, we also have to be smarter about how we’re spending it.”

Reeves spoke with The Mississippi Press Thursday afternoon while on a walking tour of downtown Ocean Springs. Reeves was in town at the invitation of Rep. Hank Zuber, an Ocean Springs native, who accompanied Reeves on the tour.

While much of the focus in recent months has been the state’s inability to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, Reeves noted the state will spend over $400 million more on education this year than it did four years ago, with some $285 million of that going to K-12 schools.

But with that increased funding, he said, must come reform.

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