Lt. Gov. Reeves not surprised by MAEP ruling

Lt. Gov. Reeves not surprised by MAEP ruling

BAY SPRINGS, MS (WDAM) - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is reacting to a judge's ruling that state lawmakers don't have to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program every year.

A Hinds County chancery judge Wednesday ruled against nearly two dozen school districts that filed suit, saying they were owed millions of dollars in funding.

Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove represented them.

Reeves called the suit frivolous.

"The Legislature has to create a budget each and every year and we have to live within our means and we have to invest resources that we have accordingly," Reeves said. "So, I wasn't terribly surprised by the ruling. And I will tell you that I'm proud of the fact that over the last four years, we've increased funding for public education by nearly $400 million a year."

Reeves also said the suit will likely fail on appeal.

He was in Bay Springs Thursday for the opening of Jones County Junior College's new Jasper County Workforce Training Center.