A grassroots, nonprofit organization called the Parents’ Campaign is pushing for a number of education initiatives before the state Legislature this session, including bills that would ease referendum requirements to get school bond issues passed.

Those initiatives include the Mississippi State Board of Education’s Quality Education Act of 2008, which would decrease the bond passage requirement to 55% of voters from 60%. The bill also includes full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and a $20 million appropriation to the public school building fund — funding that was diverted in the last six years to fund the MAEP.

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