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


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


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

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Why a ballot initiative?

Mississippi’s registered voters have the power to put an important issue to a vote – that’s called a ballot initiative. The Better Schools, Better Jobs initiative will allow voters to decide if they want their schools better funded so that our children are better prepared for good jobs.   Want to know what the ballot initiative says, click here.

  • Section 201: Educational opportunity for public school children 

    To protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity, the State shall provide for the  establishment, maintenance and support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools. The  chancery courts of this State shall have the power to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.

    Amount and Source of Revenue Required to Implement the Initiative: 

    For the purposes of the initiative, a minimum standard of contemporary adequate education is described by  the funding formula of the current version of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and an efficient  education is one that will, among other things, enable Mississippi’s public school graduates to compete  favorably with their counterparts in surrounding states.

    Funding the initiative will not require a reduction in, elimination of, or reallocation of funding from any currently funded programs. The initiative will be funded by maintaining current funding levels for public  education through the 12th grade adjusted for inflation, and then devoting to public education not less than 25% of future increases in general fund and other tax collections in order to achieve the constitutionally required level of adequacy and efficiency in the public educational system by a target date of Fiscal Year 2022 and maintain it in the future. For example, the state’s general fund revenues are projected to increase over Fiscal Year 2014 levels by approximately 3% annually, which will produce an additional $150 million in Fiscal Year 2015. Twenty-five percent of that would be $37.5 million. A similar amount for seven years could reach the additional $265 million a year in current dollars which will be needed to provide Mississippi’s public school students with an education that is adequate and efficient by contemporary standards. This initiative is not intended to restrict or meaningfully reduce the overall percentage of general fund revenues devoted to public schools, which at present is approximately 40%. If enforcement is necessary, injunctive relief will be the preferred remedy.


“A skilled, prepared workforce is the cornerstone of economic competitiveness. A nation’s capacity to develop a skilled, prepared workforce is inextricably linked to the quality of its education system. It is time to take action on education and workforce training.” – Business Roundtable CEOs, October 2013


What is the Better Schools, Better Jobs question for Mississippi voters?

Should the state be required to provide for the support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools?

Better Schools, Better Jobs says – Absolutely, yes!

What will passage of the Initiative mean?

If passed by the voters of Mississippi, the initiative will protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity through the 12th grade by amending Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the state must provide and the Legislature must fund an adequate and efficient system of free public schools.

This initiative also would authorize the chancery courts of this state to enforce this section.

This initiative is about our children and their future, not politics.

This issue is bigger than political parties or economic status or anything else. It’s about the future for all of us.

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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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