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.
Monday's order makes Kidd's ruling permanent.
It's unclear what happens next, or whether the ruling affects the state's Sept. 17 takeover of the Claiborne County district.
The Mississippi Department of Education is referring comment to the attorney general's office. That office has yet to respond to questions.