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Jackson school system joins funding lawsuit

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Jackson school system is joining a lawsuit against the state that seeks to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding.

There are now 20 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

Tuesday, the Jackson board voted 2-1, with two abstentions, to join.

Jackson has more than $70 million at stake, more than any other district that has joined so far. Jackson is Mississippi's second-largest school district, enrolling 29,500 students last year.

The lawsuit seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has not fully funded the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, a formula designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards.

The suit was filed Aug. 28 and additional districts have 30 days to join.

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