School funding ballot issue Initiative 42 fails

Voters on Tuesday night rejected Initiative 42, a proposed constitutional amendment supporters hoped would force lawmakers to fully fund public schools after nearly 18 years of underfunding.

Unofficial results show the amendment failed the first hurdle it needed to pass: for a majority of people to vote to change the state constitution. With 84 percent of precincts reporting, 54 percent voted against changing the state constitution, according to unofficial results. Forty-six percent voted to change the constitution.

Clarion Ledger