JACKSON – Friends of Mississippi public schools are working statewide to get signatures on petitions for a constitutional amendment to require the state to adequately fund kindergarten through Grade 12.
The petition drive is organized by Better Schools, Better Jobs, a statewide group formed to promote the issue for the November 2015 ballot.
Signature collectors will be seen at high school graduations and other school events, and throughout the summer.
Anyone interested in the effort is asked to go to the website www.BetterMS.org or call (769) 524-6818.
More than 107,000 signatures of registered voters will be required to get the issue on the ballot.
In 1997, the Legislature passed the Mississippi Adequate Education Program to put a financial “floor” under all school districts. However, MAEP has been fully funded only twice.
Better Schools, Better Jobs seeks to make the funding mandatory by making it part of the Mississippi constitution.