JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - A petition that aims to fully fund education in Mississippi will be on the 2015 General Election ballot. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said The Mississippi Adequate Education Program petition gained enough signatures to make it to a public vote.
Initiative #42 aims to amend the Mississippi Constitution to force the state to fully fund education and grant the Chancery Court of Hinds County the authority to enforce education funding.
The petition gathered a total of 116,570 signatures. The requirement was 107,216.
Since the MAEP was added to the state constitution in 2006, public education has only been fully funded twice.
Earlier this year, 14 school districts across the state filed legal claims in Hinds County Chancery Court to recover funds not delivered by the state.