Those, specially opinion writers, who pedal the GOP argument that Initiative 42 is some untried scheme giving a lower court judge power to take control away from the Legislature over school funding are doing a disservice to students in the state’s poorest school districts….
…Initiative 42 doesn’t say a “Cadillac” school program. Just an “adequate” one as defined in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program law. When the 1997 Legislature enacted MAEP, it was a rare instance where Mississippi got out in front of a growing national issue before a court ordered it to do so. Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice vetoed the bill but was overridden by lawmakers, including four GOPers.