JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant says no court should have the power to reword how the Legislature phrased its version of an education funding ballot initiative.

The citizen-led Initiative 42 would require lawmakers to fund “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools.” People could sue if funding falls short.

The Legislature put an alternative, Initiative 42-A, on the ballot. It originally said lawmakers must fund “an effective system of free public schools.”

Circuit Judge Winston Kidd on April 2 rewrote the title of 42-A to say the Legislature should fund “effective public schools” but specify there’s no court appeal.

Bryant asked Wednesday to intervene in a state Supreme Court case, saying Kidd never had the power to reword the ballot.

Legislative leaders earlier asked the court to reject Kidd’s decision.

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