DIANE RAVITCH: If You Live in Mississippi, Get Out and Vote for Initiative 42

Diane Ravitch

Mississippi receiving national attention from one of education’s foremost advocates-

Diane Ravitch writes:

Please vote today to support and fund the public schools of Mississippi.

Vote for Act 42. Do not vote for the alternative intended to confuse voters.

Read this to understand why Initiative 42 matters. It was written by a kindergarten teacher in Mississippi.

In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature passed a law promising to provide each public school district in Mississippi enough financial support to furnish an adequate education to every K-12 student. That law is called the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), and has only been followed twice since it was passed. This has resulted in a shortfall of over a billion dollars since 2009. That is a billion dollars that would have provided textbooks, technology, and certified teachers. Instead, Mississippi’s students have just had to do without.

In 2014, nearly 200,000 Mississippians from every county and both political parties took a stand and signed petitions to have Initiative 42 added to the ballot on November 3, 2015. This would amend the state constitution in a way that makes public education a priority instead of an afterthought. Initiative 42 closes a loophole that has allowed the Legislature to break the MAEP law for so long.

If you want to have a better future in your state, invest in education now.

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