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Miss. House votes for school funding amendment alternative

JACKSONschool — House lawmakers are pushing forward alternative wording to a state constitutional referendum on school funding.

The House voted Tuesday 64-57 for a resolution to guarantee an “effective” system of public schools.

Language placed on the ballot by petition seeks an “adequate and efficient” system.

House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, a Meridian Republican sponsoring the alternative, says that it’s more important to focus on school effectiveness.

The resolution goes to the Senate.

If lawmakers agree, both original language and the Legislature’s version would appear on November’s ballot. Voters can choose one or the other, or reject both.

Any alternative makes it more likely both versions will fail. An initiative must win a majority of votes cast on the issue and at least 40 percent of total votes in the election.



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