2015 Initiative Ballot

Mississippians will have the opportunity to vote in the November 3, 2015 General Election either in favor of, or against, Initiative Measure #42 and/or Alternative  Measure #42A. The Secretary of State's Office has hosted a series of eight Public Hearing to give Mississippians the ​opportunity to express their opinions. More than 1,600 Mississippians attended. Transcripts of each hearing will be posted on the 2015 Initiative Public Hearing information pages linked below. 

​Initiative Measure #42 
BALLOT TITLE: Should the State be required to provide for the support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools?

BALLOT SUMMARY: Initiative Measure #42 would protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity through the 12th grade by amending Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the State must provide and the legislature must fund an adequate and efficient system of free public schools. This initiative would also authorize the chancery courts of this State to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.

Section 201. Educational opportunity for public school children “To protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity, the State shall provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools. The chancery courts of this State shall have the power to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.”


Alternative Measure #42A
BALLOT TITLE: ​Should the Legislature provide for the establishment and support of effective free public schools without judicial enforcement?

BALLOT SUMMARY: This constitutional amendment is proposed as a legislative alternative measure to Initiative Measure No. 42 and would require the Legislature to provide, by general law, for the establishment, maintenance and support of an effective system of free public schools.

Section 201. “The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an effective system of free public schools.














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