Friday, December 15, 2017

JPS dodges MDE bullet

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.


State Board of Education Delays Decision on Achievement School District

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to delay its decision on whether to include the Humphreys County and Noxubee County school districts in the state’s first Achievement School District (ASD) until the superintendent of the ASD is hired. The first ASD will launch in the 2018-19 school year.

A state law enacted in 2016 requires the Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) to intervene in persistently failing school districts by placing the districts in a state-run Achievement School District (ASD). Districts that are rated “F” for two consecutive years, encompass 50 percent or more F-rated schools and have 50 percent or more of their students attending F-rated schools are subject to inclusion in the ASD.

Both Humphreys County and Noxubee County school districts have been rated “F” for two consecutive years. In addition, 75 percent of Humphreys County schools are rated “F,” and 73.7 percent of the district’s students are enrolled in F-rated schools. In Noxubee County, 80 percent of schools are rated “F,” and 70.5 percent of students are enrolled in F-rated schools.

Jackson Public Schools also meets the criteria for the ASD. However, the SBE voted to exclude Jackson Public Schools from consideration in the first ASD because Gov. Phil Bryant is currently pursuing another strategy, in partnership with the city of Jackson and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to help the district improve its longstanding academic deficiencies.

The SBE will be the governing body of the ASD, and the local school boards will be disbanded effective July 1, 2018. Under the SBE’s leadership, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is currently conducting a national search for the ASD superintendent. The MDE will provide support to the ASD superintendent and the current district leaders as the districts prepare to transition to the ASD.

State law requires that districts absorbed by the ASD maintain a “C” rating for five years to become eligible to revert back to local governance.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

One question.
What is going to happen when JPS remains an F school for two more years?
Will they go back to the original crooks or go to the state crooks?
Maybe a better idea is to forget all about this F for two years thing.
Just lower the passing grade to 20 then work up from there. Or down from there in Jackson's case.

Anonymous said...

Would have been interesting to see the board try to gain control over JPS after the governor already cut a deal. Seems like a few of the board members have big egos.

Anonymous said...

All the feedback from these various JPS "listening sessions" reveals the same suggestions for improvement that JPS has been receiving for the past two decades. Including the always reliable suggestion to throw more money at the problem.

Anonymous said...


There will be no solution for the failed education system in this state until each child has a mother and father (married) living in the same home and guiding the child in a direction of living a fruitful life. We all know this will never never happen---ever !!!! This is just the way it is as sad as that may be.

SOME ONE HAS TO CARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Poor results in our public schools are the beginning of a very ugly and costly cycle. The taxpayers will foot the bill for higher incarceration rates, mental health, drug problems and crime. It is truly amazing that after all of these years, committees, boards, etc. that the smartest minds in the country can't solve the problem of educating children. Really makes you wonder if the "smartest minds" are actually working on the problem.

Anonymous said...

The janitor at my office graduated from Jim Hill.
A friend of mine (retired JPS teacher) taught two of the bus boys at a deli we went to a couple of weeks ago.

JPS prepares kids for a life of minimum wage and dead end jobs. Let's just change it to JDC - Jackson Day Care, because that's what it does. It babysits and feeds kids while their JPS educated mothers are out mopping floors and working fast food, just like their diploma prepared them to do.

Anonymous said...


ALL THIS CAN BE LAID BACK IN THE PARENT'S LAP...............

NO AMOUNT OF MONEY IS GOING TO CHANGE ONE THING !!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

One of the ideas coming out of BabyChok's gumflapfests is that JPS teachers should also be JPS graduates.

So much for solving their huge teacher shortage problem.

Anonymous said...

Is there any JPS graduates that have the credentials to teach?

Anonymous said...

Gary Bailey is going to fix everything!

Anonymous said...

Gary Bailey and his educational consulting group of recycled MDE employees have a profitable racket going. Gary is a good architect and businessman. He and other Ed consulting firms just take taxpayer money to perform reviews and have meeting during which the same old problems and solutions are discussed. No improvement. No resolutions.

Anonymous said...

Why fix the problem when you can have a thriving consulting business that prepares pretty reports? If you actually fix the problem you are out of a job.

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