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

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for our
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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 .

ON NOV. 3, VOTE FOR INITIATIVE 42! ACCEPT NO ALTERNATIVE!
ON NOV. 3, VOTE FOR INITIATIVE 42! ACCEPT NO ALTERNATIVE!
ON NOV. 3, VOTE FOR INITIATIVE 42! ACCEPT NO ALTERNATIVE!

 

 

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  • 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 school counselors for 10 years, or
    •  5.6 million computers, or
    •  17,634 school buses

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  • 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 result is no change at all in our children’s education.

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  • HOLDING LEGISLATORS ACCOUNTABLE:

    • Initiative 42 requires our legislators to fulfill their promise to make education funding a priority.
    • Initiative 42 requires legislators to release our hard-earned tax dollars that we’ve already paid for our children’s public education.
    • Initiative 42 allows the courts to hold our legislators accountable if they fail to follow their own law to fully fund our schools.

 

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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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