Panel's report won't recommend major mergers - - Jackson, MS

Panel's report won't recommend major mergers


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A commission reviewing Mississippi's public school structure will soon present its report to the governor, but it's not expected to include mandates on school district consolidation.

However, Aubrey Patterson, a Tupelo banker who chairs the commission, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the report is still a good first step to developing a roadmap.

Gov. Haley Barbour formed the Commission on Mississippi Educational Structure late last year after he proposed reducing the state's 152 school districts by one-third as a way to save money.

Patterson says the commission gathered data and identified issues that would hinder consolidation efforts.


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