- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A community college president has come under scrutiny for emailing other presidents to encourage them to oppose an education funding amendment and donate to a political committee.

Multiple media outlets report that Jones County Junior College President Jesse Smith decried Ballot Initiative 42 in a Sept. 16 email sent to school presidents in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

Carroll County School District Assistant Superintendent Rana Mitchell has filed a complaint with the State Auditor’s Office over the email. Mississippi law prohibits its employees from using resources, equipment and time to advocate or campaign for political issues.

Initiative 42 calls for an amendment to the state constitution that would require the state to fund an “adequate and efficient” system of public schools.

The Clarion-Ledger’s attempts to reach Smith were unsuccessful Thursday.

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