State superintendent talks budgets

By Karrie Leggett – email | bio

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham visited Hattiesburg Monday to check on regional superintendents.

Burnham sat down with regional and local superintendents on the campus of Southern Miss and discussed legislation involving education and pending legislation for the next year.

This meeting held high importance because the state superintendent was talking budgets and the enactment of the Federal Jobs Bill. State Superintendent Burnham said it was important to discuss the access and spending of the federal funds coming from the jobs bill because of next year's uncertainties.

"Well, I think next year is going to be a very difficult year," he said. "As it looks right now it will probably be the most difficult year we have ever had in funding of education, because the federal stimulus dollars do disappear. There is $128 million of federal stimulus money in the MAEP funding, when you take that out next year before you even being to think about making any progress you have to cover that $128 million," said Burnham.

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