Speaker Gunn Files Bill To Reformulate Education Spending

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 12th, 2018 at 9:10 am

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Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, filed a school funding rewrite bill late Thursday.

The bill includes much of the what New Jersey-based nonprofit EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia described to House Democratic Caucus members on Tuesday, including retaining a provision that allows property-wealthy districts across the state to keep $120 million it would have otherwise had to raise in local taxes.

Gunn’s formula includes some of the suggestions in the EdBuild report. Missing, however, is additional funding for kindergarten through 3rd grade students and the removal of the provision benefiting property-wealthy districts like Madison, Rankin and Lowndes Co., which Sibilia described Tuesday as “inequitable, illogical” and “not good for kids.”

READ: Gunn files school funding rewrite bill