Legislators may place alternative education funding on ballot in 2015, MAEP supporters vow to fight it.


Mississippi voters may be faced with two proposed constitutional provisions in November 2015 dealing with the funding of public education.

Two key legislators have indicated it is likely there will be an effort to place on the November 2015 ballot an alternative to the school funding initiative being supported by the grassroots Betters Schools, Better Jobs group.

“We’re looking at it,” said Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford. “There is nothing final.”

His counterpart in the House, Education Chair John Moore, R-Brandon, in a separate interview concurred, saying, “I think the leadership is working on something right now.”

Patsy Brumfield, a spokeswoman for Betters Schools, Better Jobs, said any effort by the Legislature to place an alternative on the ballot would be opposed by her group.

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