Schools told to remove pro-Initiative 42 language from websites

Superintendents are being asked to remove any information that could be interpreted as supporting or opposing either of the education funding initiatives on the November ballot from their school district websites.

Lawmakers and the auditor’s office notified the Mississippi Department of Education that some school district websites have “statements encouraging support for Initiative 42,” according to an email from Chief Operations Officer Todd Ivey to superintendents.

Ivey emailed superintendents on Tuesday pointing to an Attorney General opinion stating school employees can participate in political activities as long as the participation doesn’t interfere with work-related duties.