JACKSON, MISS– The EdBuild contract has been released by the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration in accordance with the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act.
The contract with EdBuild gave the non-profit authority to make recommendations on how the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula could be changed. It carried a $125,000 price tag.
The contract included the following timeline of events:
EdBuild will have completed a school finance simulator.
EdBuild will travel to Mississippi to meet with the subgroup and provide training on the modeling tool.
Deliverable: Mid November: Completed Simulator.
December, 2016 – June 2017
EdBuild will provide technical assistance for the school finance subgroup as they produce varying scenarios to come up with new recommendations.
President Pro Tempore Senator Terry Burton explained to News Mississippi at the EdBuild public meeting that recommendations would be made by the end of the year, which could be considered in the upcoming legislative session.
The release of the EdBuild contract came after a letter penned by Attorney General Jim Hood that stated that according to the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act, the contract must be posted on the state’s transparency website through the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration.
Hood cited 27-104-152 which states: “The Legislature finds that the public should be able to easily access the details on how the state is spending tax dollars and other state funds and what performance results are achieved for the expenditures. It is the intent of the Legislatures that the state, acting through the Department of Finance and Administration, create and maintain a searchable website providing access, to the extent possible, to where, for what purpose and what results are achieved for all taxpayer investments in state government.”
The public also rallied for the release of the EdBuild contract. Click here for more background.