Judge Blocks Takeover Of Leflore County Schools

A judge has blocked the state’s takeover of the Leflore County school district.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled Monday that the district is owed a formal hearing before the state can depose the current superintendent and school board.

The state has said it uses another section of state law and no formal hearing is required before the governor declares a state of emergency. Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency in Leflore County Sept. 17, the same day Kidd first stepped in.