HECHINGER REPORT: State of confusion: Mississippians baffled over upcoming school funding vote

AP_144188196465-1259x0-c-defaultBy Monique Harrison-Henderson

WINONA, Miss. — Jackson resident Alex Jones considers himself to be an informed citizen. The businessman reads at least one newspaper most days, follows state and national politics, and enjoys history.

But when he first examined a sample ballot for Initiative 42, which calls for a constitutional amendment to require the state to fund an “adequate and efficient” system of public school districts, he was stumped.

After looking at the one-page sample ballot for more than a minute on a recent weekday, Jones thought he knew how to cast his vote for the initiative.

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