Consultant: Mississippi could revamp base of school funding

Photo Credit: AP Images
Photo Credit: AP Images

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An education consultant says Mississippi should change the base student cost in its school funding formula.

Rebecca Sibilia is chief executive officer of EdBuild, a New Jersey company that Mississippi legislative leaders hired to suggest changes.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2e4E45j ) that Sibilia says a funding formula should “provide the resources for students to achieve based on their unique needs.” That could include supplements for special education students, for example.

Sibilia met with education committee members Thursday and could make recommendations before the legislative session starts in January.

The current formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, is designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards. It was put into law in 1997 and phased in over several years but has been fully funded only twice.

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