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Lawmakers hold Edbuild meeting at Capitol to discuss school funding formula

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees about EdBuild was at 2 p.m. Thursday at the state Capitol.

The way lawmakers divvy up your tax payer dollars for education could change. Here's why you should care: It's your children's schools that will see the impact.

The way the leadership decided to hire New Jersey non-profit EdBuild to examine the funding formula has some parents fired up.

It was a no-bid contract. But it turns out, the legislature isn't required to follow the same bid process or review by the board like agencies are. 

Past that, there are worries about the firm's background.

Their website includes pro-charter notes and mention of the need to dissolve district lines in some cases. Both feed into Democrats' ongoing questions about the leadership's priorities.

In response to criticisms, Lt. Governor Reeves said:

"For generations Democrats were in charge and did little to focus on student achievement, and as a result, Mississippi remained near the bottom on national assessments. Now, we are investing in the classroom and other programs that research confirms work for kids; and fourth grade reading, fourth grade math and high school graduation rates are improving significantly. We are going to continue to focus on doing what's best for kids whether it's good for the adults or not."

While Speaker Gunn said:

"Those who criticize the decision by the Joint Rules Committees are OK with status quo," said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. "We are not. The critics want to keep things the way they are and the way they have been for more than two decades. They're looking to increase administration costs, while we are looking to put more money into the classrooms."

We'll have a full report on the meeting on our evening newscasts.

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