State could seize 2 small school districts

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Board of Education members will be asked to decide Thursday whether they want the state to take over the Noxubee County, Jackson and Humphreys County school districts under a new process aimed at improving academic performance.

A committee in November recommended that the board consider Humphreys County, Noxubee County and Jackson schools for a new statewide achievement school district.

State Board of Education Chair Rosemary Aultman says it's unlikely the board will take over Jackson, only about two months after Gov. Phil Bryant rejected a state takeover of Mississippi's second-largest school district. Bryant opted for a more collaborative approach allowing a local school board to remain. Bryant has no veto over the achievement school district action.

Aultman says the board will more seriously consider Humphreys and Noxubee for the achievement school district.