Attorney Speaks on Behalf of Education Initiative

Meridian, Miss. The push continues by supporters of an initiative to fully fund public education in the state of Mississippi.

Jackson attorney, Jim Keith, spoke to the Meridian Rotary Club on behalf of the Better Schools Better Jobs ballot initiative.

The initiative, if it's passed by voters, would change the constitutional mandate when it comes to funding public education.

Keith says this is the most important issue since the Education Reform Act of 1982.

"We're not telling the legislature how much money to put into it," said Keith. "We're simply telling the legislature that whatever you put into our system, it must be an adequate and efficient system of public education. It does not take away the legislative authority from the legislature."

Rotary members were given the opportunity to sign a petition to put the initiative to a vote in November 2015.