Mississippians Defeat Initiative 42JACKSON – With the defeat of Initiative 42, Mississippians voted today to keep education funding focused on classroom instruction and doing what’s best for children rather than spending more on administration.
“Many of our teachers are doing great work improving educational outcomes for their students. Mississippians recognize the reforms passed under Republican leadership combined with record investment in our public schools are working,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “Parents and grandparents want to keep decisions over their children’s education in the hands of their local school boards and elected officials. They are tired of the status quo where excuses outnumber results. Recently released national scores showed Mississippi students defying national trends proving that our children are responding to increased expectations. I look forward to continuing to work to improve the educational attainment level of every Mississippi student.”
Under Lt. Gov. Reeves’ leadership, Mississippi has funded public education at historic levels with a $400 million increase over the past four years. He led the push for more parental school choice in Mississippi and raised literacy standards for third-grade students.