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Original Filing:

Proposed Ballot Title:
May citizens propose changes in public schools to local school boards which, if denied, could be decided in an election?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
This amendment would create a right to propose changes in school management policies to local school boards. A school board could not deny a proposal for the reason it would: allow attendance by any student desiring to enroll; compensate teachers and administrators based partly on performance; eliminate regulation; allow hiring of non-certified teachers; or, alter curriculum. Any proposal rejected by the board could be submitted to voters in the same manner as school bond issues.

Initiative Petition:

Kirk Fordice
PO Box 139
Jackson MS 39205-0139

Phone: (601) 359-3100


Town Meeting Location:

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 106,190 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,238 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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