Initiative 42 backers prepare for campaign

Initiative 42, the referendum on a constitutional amendment that would mandate the Legislature fully fund public schools and empower judges to enforce the directive, would make a drastic difference in the quality of education on the Coast and across the state, proponents of the measure told the Sun Herald.

Yet the measure, which seems benign on its face — it would have the Legislature use a funding formula already on the books — has been anything but.

So backers of the initiative are planning an even more aggressive push aimed at turning out voters, getting them to prioritize education and explaining the difference between Initiative 42 and Initiative 42A.

“We really feel like this is a game changer if we can make it happen,” said Patsy Brumfield, the spokesperson for 42 For Better Schools, the organization pushing the referendum. “Unfortunately, this is something we have to force.”