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Understanding Initiative 42


For Better Schools

1. Initiative 42 will require the Legislature to abide by the school funding law (MAEP) it passed 18 years ago but has been fully funded only twice.  It funds education when there is growth.
2. The Legislature said the MAEP formula would fund a “C” school district—and they have not done it.
3. We do more with less every year.  More and more unfunded mandates are handed down and we continue to meet the challenge.
4. In the last 12 years, by the MAEP formula, Lauderdale County School District has been shorted $24.6 million.
5. Revenues have grown an average of 3% per year for the past 10 years. Mississippi's rainy day fund is full, yet the Legislature still did not fully fund education.
6. It is one thing not to fund education when the money is not there—it is another when the legislature chooses not to do so when we have the maximum amount of money allowed in our reserve.
7. The Legislature first tried to confuse voters with a competing initiative.  Now they are using scare tactics to get people against Initiative 42.





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