JPS placed on probation

 

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Public School District is on probation following a report that they had several accreditation violations.

The problems that the Mississippi State Department of Education found covered everything from broken air conditioning units to broken smoke detectors and buses running late.

MDE investigated 22 schools in the district in April.

They are focusing on safety and graduation standards.

The investigation found that there wasn’t evidence that some graduates completed requirements for graduation.

MDE also found safety violations; like chains and locks on exit doors and the need for more fire extinguishers.

We talked to Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray about the claims.

“The sky is not falling for JPS, we recognize that there are some things that need to be addressed, and we are addressing them even as we speak,” said Superintendent Gray.

The commission also voted to investigate all schools in the district.

To get off of probation, JPS has to form a plan and submit it to MDE in 60 days.

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