MAEP Initiative 42 on 2015 Ballot

By gathering enough signatures, MAEP proponents have placed Initiative 42 on the 2015 General Election ballot. Per the Secretary of State press release, “Initiative #42 seeks to amend the State Constitution to require the full funding of education and grant the Chancery Court of Hinds County the power to enforce the full funding of education with appropriate injunctive relief.”

Currently, the Mississippi State Constitution entrusts education funding to the State Legislature.  Section 201, states “The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of free public schools upon such conditions and limitations as the Legislature may prescribe.”

The 2015 ballot will simply read, “Should the state be required to provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools?”

However, Initiative 42 will amend Section 201 of State Constitution to read as follows: “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.”

MAEP is a formula adopted by the State Legislature (MS Code § 37-151-7) in 1997 to define funding levels for public education in Mississippi. Of the $6 Billion 2014 state budget, education received about $2.4 Billion.  Fully funding MAEP would require 10-15% more funding and has been fully funded twice since it’s adoption.

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The Gospel silenced on CNN

On Friday, Nov. 28th, New Orleans Saints Tight End Ben Watson went on CNN to explain his opinion about the events in Ferguson, Missouri.  He does a great job explaining that the root of problems in the world, including those in Ferguson, is “not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem.” His personal and impassioned essay was originally written to vet his own emotions and thoughts on the results of the grand jury and riots in the St. Louis suburb but he posted it to Facebook after his wife encouraged him to do so.

During the interview, Watson begins to preach that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only solution to the sin problem.  Not coincidentally, the video feed is cut before he can proclaim the full death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to redeem man from sin.

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