Plan would mandate takeover of F-rated schools

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering a plan that could remove more than 100 poor-performing schools from local school board control for unknown periods of time.

The proposal was added to House Bill 890 Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee. It says the state Department of Education must take over any F-rated school that doesn’t reach a C rating within two years, or any F-rated school that improves to C and then ever drops back to D or F.

The state could run the school. It could also close the school and send students to the nearest C-rated or higher school, even if that school is in another district. Or the state could hand over the school to a charter or contract operator.

Takeovers would begin in fall 2016.