Alcorn County schools will see a slight increase, while Corinth schools will get a tick less in state funding for the 2021 fiscal year. Some teachers will also receive a bonus.
School districts around the state had to start the new school year without knowing exactly what they would receive as part of Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Funds were put on hold earlier this year when Gov. Tate Reeves vetoed the program legislators had passed because he said it would cut teacher bonuses. Last week the Legislature reconvened, added the School Recognition Program to fund teacher bonuses and overrode Reeves’ veto.
The Alcorn School District will receive $16,190,922 in funding from the state, a $338,966 increase over last year based on average daily attendance of students at Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth schools. The funding is still around $1.7 million less of MAEP’s full funding amount.
Corinth School District funding amount is $12,149,786, down $131,342 compared to last year. CSD is receiving about $1.3 million less than their full funding amount.
According to the Parents’ Campaign, MAEP funding for this school year is $37 million less than it was last year, a 1.6 percent cut, and $250 million below what state law says is adequate to provide Mississippi children a quality education.
“Legislators worked hard to mitigate the cut to public schools this year,” said Nancy Loome, president of the advocacy group. “Most state agency budgets decreased by 3 to 5 percent from the previous year due to a pandemic-induced downturn in the economy.”
Some local teachers will get a bonus from the School Recognition Program.
It will provide $28 million to around 23,000 teachers who work in either an “A” or “B” rated district or a district that improved by a letter grade from last year. If doled out evenly, each teacher will get a bonus check of around $1,200.