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Lawmakers consider achievement school district

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new statewide school district could take control of faltering local school districts and keep them indefinitely in hopes of improving academic performance, under a bill advancing in the Mississippi House.
           
The House Education Committee approved House Bill 990 Monday.
         
The achievement school district would take over any district rated "F'' for two straight years, starting with yet-to-be released state ratings for the 2015-2016 school year.
           
A seven-member board would run the district, with three appointments each by the governor and lieutenant governor. The state superintendent would appoint one member.
           
Districts could be run by charter operators. A district would remain in the achievement district until it scored a "C'' rating or better for five years, plus a majority of parents and school employees voted to return it to local control.

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