The Mississippi Adequate Education Program: an Overview and Policy Proposal

Hall, Drew Douglas (2018) The Mississippi Adequate Education Program: an Overview and Policy Proposal. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Kerry Brian Melear from Leadership and Counselor Education, The University of Mississippi.

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Historically, Mississippi is one of the lowest performing states when it comes to kindergarten-twelfth grade education. Mississippi also consistently has one of the lowest amounts of money dedicated to kindergarten-twelfth grade education. It has been suggested that there is a correlation between these two facts, but over the past twenty years, nothing has changed in the way that Mississippi funds education. The current model is written in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which allocates money to education based upon a per-year decision by the Mississippi Department of Education to take money from the general fund of the state’s budget. This has led to MAEP being fully funded only three times since its implementation in 1997. Despite efforts to revise the current funding model, the state continues to underfund education and rely on local taxes to supplement the low level of state funding. This study serves to investigate the way that the state funds education, evaluate whether or not the current system is working, and introduce a policy proposal that will provide Mississippi with a more consistent and adequate basis for education funding.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hall, Drew Douglas
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A.Ed in Secondary English Education
Thesis Advisor: Kerry Brian Melear
Thesis Advisor's Department: Leadership and Counselor Education
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Drew Hall
Date Deposited: 07 May 2018 17:18
Last Modified: 07 May 2018 17:18

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