Cuts to sports and activities at schools districts that lose state accreditation would be delayed under a plan approved Wednesday by the Mississippi Board of Education.

The proposed change received no remarks during a public comment period. But board members Johnny Franklin of Bolton and Danny Spreitler of Amory voted against it. The final vote was 4-2.

“I see this as a step back, a lowering or standards or expectations,” Franklin said. He argued the state shouldn’t give up attempts to push parents, students and community members into agitating for improvements in troubled districts.

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