Official: School Mergers Should Be Local Decision

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The head of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents says school consolidation should be a local decision.

MASS executive director Sam Bounds' comments come in response to Gov. Haley Barbour's proposal to consolidate Mississippi's 152 school districts into 100 to save money.

Bounds says there's already a state law that allows districts to consolidate if there's an agreement between school boards and superintendents.

However, Bounds says research shows that cost-savings are minimal through consolidation.

He says state funding still follows the students no matter where they're located. And, he says the salaries of principals and superintendents are a local expense.

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  • by ed on Nov 17, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    what i have seen come out of the high schools are questionable at best.. personally would like to see what is scrapped and back to fundamentals like phonics, kids knowing how to write script, and know how to do research in books ... but the most important thing not taught is teaching students how to study. all i see is homework dumped on them.... is like old Italian cook toss the pasta on the wall when it sticks its done..
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