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Bryant reconsidering asking schools to help fund MAEP

Gov. Phil Bryant addresses funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program during a law enforcement luncheon in Purvis Friday. Gov. Phil Bryant addresses funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program during a law enforcement luncheon in Purvis Friday.
PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

Increased revenues to the state have prompted Gov. Phil Bryant to reconsider asking individual school districts to contribute to the funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.

In January, Bryant said the state would have to use nearly $73 million from reserve funds.

Now, with revenues up, he says money from those funds may not be needed.

"In the last two months, January and February, we've brought in $43 million more than we had anticipated," Bryant said. "So, that gets that number down. Now, if we have another good March, a good April, we should be able to level-fund MAEP without having to go into school reserves. That would be my hope," said Bryant. 

Gov. Bryant was in Purvis Friday for a law enforcement luncheon.

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