Republican leaders, perhaps emboldened by their election victories last week, are saying changes could be coming during the upcoming legislative session to the mechanism used to get state funds to local school districts.
House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he would like to see changes made to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program to avoid conflicts it causes every legislative session.
“It’s a constant source of conflict and dispute,” Gunn said last week after his Republican Party gained seats in the state House ensuring him of four more years as speaker. “We need to find a way where the school systems can get what they need and in some way that doesn’t result in an argument every year.”
No doubt, for much of the past decade, a continuing theme in the Mississippi Legislature has been a battle between Republicans and Democrats over the funding level for MAEP.