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for our
Children’s future

Our children deserve good schools. Good schools require full funding .

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for our
children’s future

Our children deserve good schools. Good schools require full funding .

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for our
children’s future

Our children deserve good schools. Good schools require full funding .

Every child in Mississippi has a fundamental right to a free and adequate public education. That means:

  •  Well-trained and well-paid teachers
  •  Safe and roadworthy school buses
  •  Enough new textbooks for every student to take home
  •  Reading coaches, computers and basic school supplies
  •  Classrooms that don’t leak when it rains

Initiative 42 is the only choice on the November ballot that will hold our state Legislature accountable for keeping its promise to fully fund public schools in Mississippi.

The Promise

Our state Legislature passed a law in 1997 that promised us that each public school district in Mississippi would receive enough financial support to adequately fund every K-12 education program in our state. But our Legislature has gone back on that promise, only fully funding public schools twice in nearly 20 years.

The result is a $1.7 billion statewide shortfall since FY2009 – enough money to pay for:

  • 4,871 first-year teachers for 10 years, or
  • 16.7 million textbooks, or
  • 4,555 reading coaches for 10 years, or
  • 5.6 million computers, or
  • 17,634 school buses

 

Standing Together

Nearly 200,000 Mississippians from every county and both political parties took a stand and signed petitions to have Initiative 42 placed on this year’s ballot to amend our state Constitution in a way that makes public education a priority instead of an afterthought. Our legislators didn’t listen to you, instead placing an alternative – a fake — initiative on your ballot that allows them to continue ignoring their own law to fully fund our public schools. The proposed alternative changes nothing and our schools will remain underfunded.

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    We must stop short-changing our children. Over the last six years, underfunding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program has resulted in a $1.5 billion  shortfall in funding for the education of our children. The consequences of this  are numerous, from low educational attainment to an inability of our state to attract family-sustaining jobs.

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