JACKSON, Miss.--You will still get to elect your local school superintendent, if that's the way your county does it. The Mississippi House has shot down a Senate bill that would have made the state's school district chiefs be chosen by appointment only. The vote was 65-52.
People pushing the bill said it would have meant a better guarantee that candidates would be more qualified.
Opponents argued that the bill would have been too restrictive on districts and some even compared it to a poll tax.
Of 151 districts in the state, 62 elect their superintendents.