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Natchez-Adams School District waiting to join lawsuit; Total of $10.8M available for district


NATCHEZ, Mississippi — The Natchez-Adams School District has 15 days to decide whether to join other districts in suing the state of Mississippi for millions.

Fourteen districts are already plaintiffs in the lawsuit, spearheaded by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. The lawsuit seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has not fulfilled obligations of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.

The Natchez Democrat reports ( MAEP is a complex formula designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards.

The lawsuit seeks back-payment for the districts that are plaintiffs. The amount of underfunding since 2010 for the Natchez-Adams districts totals $10.8 million.

Board President Tim Blalock says board members planned to discuss the matter before the deadline.

Information from: The Natchez Democrat,

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