- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators are keeping open the possibility that they could rewrite an education funding formula that has been shortchanged most years since it was put into law.

The House voted 75-45 Wednesday to pass House Bill 458 (https://bit.ly/1T9dp6f ). Republicans voted yes and most Democrats voted no.

The measure would allow lawmakers later this session to revise the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the complex funding formula that has been fully funded only two years since it was put into law in 1997. It is designed to give each district enough money to meet midlevel academic standards - and it has been a political liability for lawmakers who are tired of being criticized when money falls short.

The formula was set as other states were fighting equity-funding lawsuits.

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