Barbour Proposes Education Consolidation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour, in announcing his budget recommendations, said Monday that Mississippi University for Women should merge with nearby Mississippi State University and that Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University be merged into Jackson State University.

Barbour said none of the campuses would close.

The proposed change would leave Mississippi with five public universities rather than the current eight.

Barbour's consolidation proposal would have to be approved by lawmakers. It's part of his suggested budget for the fiscal year that begins next July 1.

Barbour also proposed that the state's 152 public school districts be consolidated into 100 districts.

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