Lawmakers Propose Plan for Failing Schools

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Jackson, Miss. Some lawmakers want to set up a separate statewide school district to take over individual failing schools.

The House Education Committee approved House Bill 502, which would set up an "Achievement School District" that would take over schools that score an "F" on the state's rating system two years in a row. The separate board would consist of three appointees by the governor, three by the lieutenant governor, and one by the state superintendent.

The structure would mirror districts set up in Louisiana and Tennessee to try to improve schools, although there the districts don't have school boards.

The achievement district could keep schools until it decided to give them back. Local districts would have to hand over buildings and send the tax money for each student to the district.