UPDATE: Miss. K-12 seeks funding increase next year

JACKSON — A teacher pay raise, the state’s ongoing high school redesign and the Mississippi Adequate Education Program are among the state Department of Education’s legislative funding priorities for fiscal year 2011.

The state Board of Education met this week in Jackson and voted to ask lawmakers for an extra $173 million, or a 6.7 percent increase, over what was received in the current fiscal year.

Calls for additional funding for the state’s school system come on the heels of a protracted legislative session where lawmakers wrestled over a budget compromise due, in large part, to dwindling revenue collections. Earlier this month, Gov. Haley Barbour urged state agencies to be cautious with spending in the current budget year.

The Associated Press