Mississippi schools fight mergers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) –
A report to the Mississippi Legislature shows three Chickasaw County school districts still oppose any merger, with no consensus on how to combine.

But Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, a Republican from Oxford, says more consolidation bills are likely in the 2017 Legislature.

The study commission was supposed to suggest merger plans for the Chickasaw County, Houston and Okolona districts.

Okolona is appealing to the U.S. Department of Justice to block any merger based on the district’s federal desegregation order….

…State Rep. Preston Sullivan, an Okolona Democrat, who forestalled a merger during the 2016 Legislature, says he wishes consolidation would go away, but realizes it won’t.