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Schools Could Lose Local Control Under New Bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi lawmakers are considering a sweeping new plan that could remove more than 100 poor-performing schools from local school board control forever.

The proposal was added to House Bill 890 Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee. It says the state Department of Education must take over any F-rated school that does not improve to a C rating within two years, or any F-rated school that improves to a C and then ever drops back to a D or F.

The state could run the school. It could also close the school and order students accepted at the nearest C-rated or higher school, even if that school is in another district. Or the state could hand over the school to a charter or contract operator.

Takeovers could begin in fall 2016.