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BY: Bobby Harrison | Daily Journal

The Better Schools, Better Jobs group was formed because since it was fully enacted in 2002, MAEP has been fully funded only twice – both election years. And in recent years, the state has fallen further behind in its commitment to local school districts.

At this point, the state’s top two Republicans, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who will be running for re-election in 2015, have voiced at least reservations about the citizen-sponsored initiative or have expressed downright opposition.

Most Democrats, on the other hand, have expressed support for the proposal, which would put into the Mississippi Constitution stronger language in terms of the state’s responsibility to provide an adequate and efficient education to Mississippi students.

As the coming vote on the education initiative unfolds during the 2015 election season, there also is speculation that some Republican officeholders might be challenged…

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