Measure Revived to Appoint School Boards, Superintendents

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Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi House members have revived a measure to elect all local school board members. But they're willing to let voters decide on electing or appointing superintendents.

The House Education Committee voted Thursday to require all school board members to be elected starting in 2016.

The panel also voted to require the roughly 60 districts with an elected superintendent to hold a referendum in November on switching to an appointed superintendent.

Now, either some or all city school board members are appointed, typically by the mayor.

House members note boards can raise property taxes and say only elected officials should be able to do so.

Reformers have long sought appointed superintendents throughout Mississippi, but the House defeated a bill last year to appoint some who are elected.