Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi Today/ Report for America

Mississippi Auditor Shad White says “there’s never really a great time to release a report like this.” 

A day after Gov. Phil Bryant signed a $1,500 pay raise for public school teachers into law, the Mississippi Auditor’s office released a report criticizing the Mississippi Department of Education and local districts for spending too much money outside of the classroom.

If out of classroom spending “had been kept the same, per student, over the last ten years, Mississippi could afford to give a greater than $11,000 pay raise to every teacher in the state,” State Auditor Shad White’s office said in a report Wednesday.

The three-page report outlines K-12 spending in four categories: administrative, non-instructional, instructional and instruction

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