With so much focus in Kansas (various) and Texas (SJR 53) to strip courts of the power to order K-12 funding, Mississippi voters will in November 2015 decide on whether to explicitly grant that power to the courts.
To protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity,
The Legislaturethe State shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools upon such conditions and limitations as the Legislature may provide. The chancery courts of this State shall have the power to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.
An alternative (42-A) submitted by the legislature would simply add “effective” to the existing provision.
The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an effective system of free public schools upon such conditions and limitations as the Legislature may prescribe.
Thus in November under Mississippi’s unique voting system on initiatives, voters will cast two votes:
- Supporting either or neither measure and then
- Voting for a preferred choice: Initiative 42 or Initiative 42-A