Mississippi schools seek 13 percent budget increase

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi education officials are seeking a 13 percent budget increase for elementary and secondary schools in the coming year.

State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham presented the request Thursday to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

Burnham says he understands lawmakers face difficult decisions because money will be tight for the year that begins July 1.

Among other things, Burnham seeks funding to help new local superintendents learn leadership skills. He says one-third of the districts are getting a new superintendent this year, through either elections or appointments.