Mississippi must fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program if the state is to ensure that every child, regardless of economic status, receives a good education, according to a state education official.
Dr. Sam Bounds, executive director of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, recently spoke to educators and legislators at Orleans Bistro in Grenada.
At the top of Bounds’s agenda was MAEP.
“MASS continues to encourage and support legislation that provides full funding of MAEP in accordance with the intent of the original funding formula,” said Bounds, before the meeting.
The Mississippi Adequate Education Program is the formula, passed in 1997, that determines how much funding each school district should receive.
The formula is designed to ensure an adequate education for every Mississippi child, whether that child lives in a wealthy community or one less financially advantaged.
“It’s designed to level the playing field,” said Bounds.