Better Schools, Better Jobs seeks to allow voters to decide on an amendment to the State Constitution to require
"Many people across the state are saying this is the most important movement for education in
Grist was the keynote speaker during Friday's meeting of the
The effort has already garnered "tens of thousands" of signatures, said communications director
Grist said Friday volunteers would seek signatures at festivals and fairs during the summer and also would attend back-to-school events. She asked if any
The initiative would impact the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the formula passed in 1997 that determines how much funding each school district should receive. Through written into law, it has been traditionally underfunded, including a shortfall of more than
The initiative would add more teeth to require legislators to follow that formula. Better Schools, Better Jobs is proposing for the state to use money from economic growth to fill the void.
It calls for at least 25 percent of new growth of general fund revenue to go into MAEP over a period of years until it was fully funded. Thus, it does not require a new tax or for money to be deducted from other agencies.
Grist called this effort "a last, best hope" to get more funding for the state's schools.
"As a parent and a product of public schools in
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