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Commission on School Accreditation votes in favor of state takeo –

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Commission on School Accreditation voted Wednesday that the state should declare an emergency situation exits within the Jackson Public School District. 

The commission voted 11-1 in favor of a state takeover of the district. The matter will now be presented to the Board of Education Thursday.

During the hours-long hearing, MDE officials presented the findings of a scathing investigative audit of JPS, which was released at the end of August. The audit found the district to be in violation of 24 out of the the 32 standards that all Mississippi public school districts are required to meet. 

Some of those allegations include seniors graduating without meeting requirements and general safety violations.

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In August 2016, the Commission on School Accreditation instructed the MDE to conduct a full investigative audit of all 58 schools in the district because a limited district audit of 22 schools cited severe deficiencies related to school safety and instructional practices. The Commission downgraded the district’s accreditation to probation.

According to the report, there were continued complaints made against the District by parents, faculty, teachers, students and concerned citizens. Based upon these complaints, the MDE conducted both announced and unannounced visits to JPS schools over the last several months.

The report states that “MDE staff entered District buildings from unlocked alternate doors. MDE staff entered the buildings without any visible name tag or identification on many occasions to determine whether they would be confronted. MDE staff walked around the campus for extended periods of time, including through the halls, around buildings, and…

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