The Jackson Public School system is under fire from state education officials and that could mean big penalties down the road. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how Mississippi's 2nd largest school district is in danger of losing its accreditation.

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Jackson Public Schools’ Accreditation at Risk

By Daniel Cherry | Published 26 Apr 2012 05:24pm | comments

The Jackson Public School system is under fire from state education officials and that could mean big penalties down the road. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how Mississippi's 2nd largest school district is in danger of losing its accreditation.

Mississippi Department of Education officials presented evidence yesterday to the Commission for school accreditation that Jackson Public Schools is out of compliance with state and federal special education laws. Dr. Jayne Sargent is interim superintendent for JPS. She admits there are problems in the district, but says staff are working to solve those issues.

"I'm totally reorganizing, and I think in the reorganization effort that we're going to meet the needs of children."

The Accreditation Commission hasn't yet ruled, but Dr. Sargent says she hopes current efforts to resolve problems will be taken into consideration.

"I'm hopeful that we'll look positively on the reorganization plan that the Board has certainly approved and that we're going to move forward on in the next few weeks."

The commission will meet again next month and could then decide if Jackson Schools get to keep their accreditation.

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