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State could study the structure of school boards

JACKSON — The House has given final passage to a bill to study the structure of local school boards.

House members voted 66-50 for Senate Bill 2141 yesterday. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval.

If approved, the study by a 13-member panel could take until 2015.

Lawmakers had originally considered requiring all local school board members to be elected at one time, as a companion change to a proposal to appoint all district superintendents. Some lawmakers believe school boards should be elected because they can raise property taxes.

Today, county school boards are elected, while some city school boards are entirely appointed. Some city boards are a mix of appointed and elected members. Terms vary in length.

Considering the variety of board structures, lawmakers say study was needed.

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