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Mississippi Superintendent Calls for Charters in Troubled Districts

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Mississippi’s incoming superintendent of education, Tom Burnham, says lawmakers should considering allowing the state board of education to consolidate the low-performing districts that it takes over and to establish charter schools in those districts.

Mr. Burnham’s suggestion came during a meeting of a task force on low-performing schools. He said he was making the recommendation because “in my mind you don’t give [the school system] back to the people who allowed it to fail to begin with.”

Under Mr. Burnham's concept, the state board would not be able to consolidate a low-performing district with another district unless the neighboring district agreed to the merger. The governor has formed a commission to study school district consolidation that is supposed to make a recommendation by April 1.

Vol. 29, Issue 16, Page 4

Published in Print: January 6, 2010, as Mississippi Superintendent Calls for Charters in Troubled Districts
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