The language slated to appear on the November general election ballot as an alternative to the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative is being challenged in Hinds County Circuit Court.

Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the Oxford School District, has filed the challenge, claiming the language recently approved by the Attorney General’s office is not a true reflection of legislative intent.

Shipman claims the legislative alternative “creates significant risks of confusing the electorate.”

Under the state’s initiative law, a person is allowed to challenge the language of any legislative alternative to a citizen-sponsored initiative. And the judge has 10 days to rule on whether the language must be changed. According to James Keith, a Ridgeland attorney representing Shipman, the judge’s decision cannot be appealed.

“This legislative alternative is meant to confuse voters into killing the real school-funding initiative, Number 42,” Keith said in prepared remarks. “Mrs. Shipman appealed its official wording because she believes voters must be able to tell the difference between the real initiative and the decoy initiative.”

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