Mississippi may soon make significant changes to the way it funds its public schools.
The state’s Legislative leadership announced on Tuesday they had hired New Jersey-based Ed Build to study the current formula and recommend ways to “modernize” it. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (5:39) joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to provide perspective on the surprise announcement and what may happen next.
Mississippi currently follows the Mississippi Adequate Education Program to determine how much state funding should go to local schools, but it has only fully funded that amount twice since 2003. Some say MAEP provides equitable school funding and the current study is really a way to give less money to schools. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, meanwhile, say their goal is to spend more on classrooms and less on administration.
Also on today’s episode, M. Scott Morris (13:22) reviews a pair of movies, “Girl on the Train” (15:36) and “Queen of Katwe” (13:22).
Derek (22:53) has the highlights of the weekend entertainment scene, plus TCT’s haunted theatre and a couple of ghost stories.