Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray holds news conference about JPS probation

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation voted Tuesday to place Jackson Public Schools on probation.

The commission made the decision unanimously.

Dr. Cedrick Gray was not allowed to address the commission because the district didn’t request a hearing. He addressed the media at 4:30 p.m.

He mentioned that the district has 60 days to draft a plan.


The Dept. of Education investigated almost two dozen schools in April. They are focusing on safety and graduation standards.

The investigation determined there wasn’t evidence that some graduates completed requirements for graduation. MDE also found a few safety violations.

Dr. Gray said the probation status should not affect students’ ability to graduate or enter college. He said the district is committed to making the changes necessary.


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