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Transformational Education Bill Becomes Law

On Friday, April 26 the Mississippi House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 4130, the “Mississippi Student Funding Formula”, that is based on individual student needs. The Senate quickly passed the bill the following day, and today Governor Tate Reeves signed it into law.

 This is a revolutionary bill for public education in Mississippi. The legislation repeals the antiquated Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) and creates a new weighted student funding formula for distributing tax dollars to public school districts based on the characteristics of the students within each district. Districts will receive additional dollars for students with challenges like special needs or students who live in poverty. 

Here are the weights (in other words, a multiplier to support the additional costs of educating students) that will be added to the base student cost (the amount every student receives), which is $6,695 during the 2024-2025 school year: 

  • 30% for low-income students 
  • 15% for English Language Learners
  • Students entitled to and receiving special education services: 
  • 60% for Tier 1 (specific learning disability, speech and language impairment, or developmental delay) 
  • 110% for Tier 2 (autism, hearing impairment, emotional disability, orthopedic impairment, intellectual disability, or other health impairment) 
  • 130% for Tier 3 (visual impairment, deaf-blindness, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury) 
  • 5% for providing gifted education 
  • 10% for career and technical education 
  • 10% if the number of low-income students exceeds 35% of the school’s net enrollment, applied to the number of low-income students which exceeds the 35% threshold 
  • A sparsity weight is applied to the final weighted enrollment if the number of students enrolled per square mile in the district is less than 8 


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