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Beware Petitions that Could Harm Public Schools

Voters are currently being asked to sign two petitions that may harm public schools. Please be sure to read the fine print and give thoughtful consideration before signing any petitions: --SCHOOL FUNDING ARTICLE 9 EDUCATION PETITION - This petition would alter the constitution as it pertains to funding of public schools. Among other provisions, the proposal would limit local control of school funding; authorize vouchers and the use of public money for religious schools and institutions; and give sole responsibility for funding public and private schools to the Missouri Legislature. For more information, visit http://www.csd.org/csdrpdc/edfunding2006hom.html -- ARTICLE 14 PETITION "PERTAINING TO FINANCE AND SPENDING" (TABOR) - This proposal is similar to the failed Colorado provision known as "TABOR," or the so-called "Taxpayer Bill of Rights." It would impose a permanent, constitutional spending limit on state government based on an inflation/population-growth formula. While it may sound like a good idea in theory, this could cause Missouri to reduce the state's funding of essential services, including public education. The nonpartisan Missouri Budget Project has researched and published information about the proposal at http://www.mobudget.org/newtabor.htm A national group is providing funds to pay for the collection of signatures in Missouri and other states. To view proposed ballot language of all petitions being circulated, visit the following web site: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2006petitions/06init_pet.asp.