- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Public school advocates are telling Mississippi legislators they won’t tolerate shortfalls in education funding.

At least 300 gathered for a rally Thursday at the Capitol. With the end of the legislative session approaching, a much-discussed rewrite of the education funding formula is nowhere to be seen. Protesters are demanding that the Legislature allow more public input.

Former Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed says support of public education should be nonpartisan.

Mississippi’s current school budget formula was set in 1997 and has been short-funded most years.

The Rev. CJ Rhodes, a pastor in Jackson, demands that the government protect public education.

Leslie Fye is with the Parent Teacher Organization in the Starkville Oktibbeha school district. She says she no longer trusts lawmakers because the school funding process is being handled in secret.

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