Senator who helped write MAEP skeptical of planned rewrite

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A lawmaker who helped write Mississippi’s current education funding formula says he’s skeptical that a private firm hired to rewrite it can accomplish the task in a short period of time.

Democratic Sen. Hob Bryan also says he questions whether Republican leaders are trying to change the formula as a way to ultimately direct public money to private schools.

Bryan said Tuesday that experts worked several years to write the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which is designed to give each school district enough money to meet midlevel academic standards.

The formula was put into law in 1997 and phased in over five years. However, it has been fully funded only two years.

Bryan says MAEP is designed to help poorer school districts without taking local tax money from wealthier ones.

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