The Mississippi Board of Education voted unanimously to place the Jackson Public School District on probation. The Board also voted to conduct a full audit of JPS. The audit will take most of the school year to complete. An MDE audit released in June found JPS failed 22 of 32 standards. The audits found many schools were unsafe, lacked licensed teachers, graduated students that did not meet the requirements, and teachers that did not control their classrooms.
The JPS response is posted below and was obtained through a public records request. The Board of Education is discussing the audit and JPS's response. JPS apparently did not ask for a hearing on the audit findings. Follow Kate Royals (Mississippi Today) and Jeff Amy (AP) on Twitter for live coverage.
Here are Jeff Amy's tweets from the discussion:
Read these earlier posts to learn what MDE said in it's audit
Commission votes unanimously to put JPS on probation
audit looked at 22 of 58 schools
Lee Childress tells
@DrCedrickGray that he can introduce school board but not address commission
Vanderford says JPS would have 60 days to file corrective plan or lose accreditation.
@DrCedrickGray met with Carey Wright about corrective action and technical assistance last week
Vanderford says JPS noncompliant with 19 standards of 29 evaluated
Vanderford says JPS didn't ask for a hearing. Says written JPS response inadequate on buses, facilities and school safety
The Superintendent does not provide effective educational leadership."
Audit shows dark and dangerous side of JPS schools
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