Mississippi House rejects appointed superintendents

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Many significant education reforms are sailing toward final passage in the Mississippi Legislature, but one long-sought goal has not.

House members Tuesday rejected a plan that could have forced the appointment of currently elected superintendents in as many as 30 districts statewide.

Senate Bill 2199 had called for elected superintendents in school districts with fewer than 1,800 students to become appointed after 2016, barring a referendum. The measure could have affected about 30 of the 62 districts with elected superintendents.

House members had amended the original proposal to force a vote on appointees automatically, without petition, in every district with an elected superintendent. House-Senate negotiators discarded that plan to focus only on smaller districts, saying they wanted to expand the pool of potential superintendents in less-populated areas.