Heidelberg Elementary principal granted continuance for licensure hearing

FILE PHOTO: Lowanda Tyler Jones (Photo from Heidelberg Elem. website)

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Heidelberg Elementary School Principal who is charged with violating state law has been granted a continuance for her licensure hearing.

Lowanda Tyler-Jones’s hearing is now set for March 7 at 9 a.m. Her original hearing date was set for Jan. 18.

The Department of Education wants to revoke her license. An administrative complaint was issued last month.

This is the third complaint filed against an employee at Heidelberg Elementary in the Clarksdale Municipal School District.

The complaint specifically charges Tyler-Jones with violations of state law pertaining to mandatory state testing, as follows:

  • The Respondent participated in, directed, aided, counseled, assisted in, encouraged or failed to report any acts in violation of § 37-16-4(1)(f) of the Mississippi Code of 1972, during the administration of the 2013  Mississippi Curriculum Test Second Edition (MCT2).

The investigation into allegations of cheating at Heidelberg began in May 2014.

Former Heidelberg Elementary teacher Frances Smith-Kemp was the first given a complaint alleging she was involved in testing irregularities.She surrendered her teaching license for two years last July.

Former Heidelberg Elementary  teacher Tetra Winters was the second to be served with a complaint. The Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development voted on Nov. 18, 2015, to suspend Winters’ license for five years.


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