Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove will get another opportunity to convince a Hinds County chancery judge to order the state to fully fund Mississippi’s local school districts.
Hinds County Chancellor William Singletary has scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 to hear arguments on Musgrove’s motion for the judge reconsider his ruling where he refused to order the Legislature to provide additional funds to the local school districts.
The state’s school districts have been underfunded $1.7 billion since 2008 and are underfunded $200 million for the current school year.
In July, Singletary ruled against Musgrove, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of 21 school districts, including Okolona, Clay and Prentiss in Northeast Mississippi. In August, the former governor, who was instrumental in the passage of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which provides the state’s share of most of the basics to operate local school districts, filed the motion asking the chancellor to reconsider his earlier ruling.