Natchez-Adams School District may join dozens of other districts suing the state for $10.8M


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NATCHEZ, Mississippi — The Natchez-Adams School District may join dozens of other districts in suing the state of Mississippi for $10.8 million.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1nSmekc ) that's the amount the Natchez-Adams School District has been underfunded by the Mississippi Adequate Education Program since 2010.

The Natchez-Adams School Board heard from a Ridgeland attorney seeking to gather the local district's support Thursday. The school board ultimately took the matter under advisement and will decide what, if any, action to take at next month's meeting.

MAEP was created to equally distribute funds to the state's public education system, but has been fully funded only twice since it was signed into law in 1997.

Attorney Jesse Mitchell says the lawsuit requires the Legislature to pay back the entire amount it has underfunded the districts.


Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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