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Limits For School Takeovers Proposed

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – State education officials could only take over a school district for three years under a bill moving forward in the Senate.

The Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2124, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Steve Hale of Senatobia.

Hale says that it should be clearer what has to be done for a district to return to local control when the state takes over a school district.

He cited the Tate County district, which the state has been running for four years. The state currently controls seven other districts.

Hale’s measure says a takeover couldn’t last longer than three years, unless the governor grants an extension. It also says the state Board of Education must name specific exit criteria when a takeover starts.

The bill goes to the Senate for more debate.