The fight over who should control funding education took center state this election cycle. State Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef says the party's opposition to 42, the amendment to fully fund education, doesn't mean they won't increase spending.
"Well I think there'll be a concerted effort on the part of Republicans to continue to put more and more money into education," said Nosef.
Education is on Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves' mind. He says expect reforms, including a review of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the formula used to fund education. Reeves says funding has increased over the last four years and more money must be invested in classrooms.
"The fact is we need to continue to push reforms that will work for kids. And so, I'm not sure exactly what kind of change the proponents of 42 are looking for, but we'll continue to have change and we'll continue to increase investments in public education," said Reeves.
Nancy Loome, with the Parents' Campaign, is a proponent of 42 and says they'll be watching. They don't plan to stop advocating for full funding.
"And make sure that our representatives are our voice in the legislature and that we're doing things that are in the best interest of school children," said Loome.
Reeves points to coaches and 3rd Grade Reading Gate as positive initiatives that Republicans will continue to support,because they say they're working.