The Mississippi House speaker says an effort to rewrite the school funding formula will not be limited by the regular budget deadlines.

Republican Philip Gunn says Tuesday that two big education bills will be handled later — most likely in a special session in the next few weeks.

One bill would rewrite the school funding formula, and the other would put money into it.

Legislators missed a regular-session deadline last week to rewrite the formula. Budget deadlines are later.

The House and Senate have until Feb. 22 to pass the first draft of bills for the overall state budget. Each chamber passes about 50, and then they trade for more work.

The final budget-writing deadline for the regular session is in late March, and the fiscal year begins July 1. (AP)


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