Signatures collected to support education funding through constitutional amendment
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -
schools were underfunded by the legislature once again this year, but there's
an effort to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Better Schools, Better
Jobs is a ballot initiative that seeks to amend the state constitution in order
to require the legislature to adequately fund the Mississippi Adequate
Education Program (MAEP).
Volunteers have been
conducting signature drives across the state in order to get more than 100,000
signatures from registered voters for an October 1 filing deadline. After that,
a spot on the 2015 general election ballot will be reserved to allow voters to
choose whether they believe the state should be required to provide support for
"It's amazing that we have
to go to the extent of getting a constitutional amendment to get the
legislature to follow the law," said volunteer Dan Kibodeaux.
Kibodeaux's children are a
product of Mississippi public schools, and he said he is obligated to future
generations to ensure their schools receive the funding needed for a quality
Public schools in
Mississippi were underfunded by a total of six billion dollars over the past
six years. MAEP has only been fully funded twice since its implementation in