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Council angered by NAACP president's comments on JPS superintendent

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson councilman is angered by comments made by the state's NAACP president on the city's school superintendent.

Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes says Derrick Johnson should not oppose renewing Dr. Lonnie Edwards' contract. Stokes is referring to an interview in which Johnson said he supported the school board's decision. But Johnson says he was speaking in his capacity as a parent of four children in the district.

"There was no formal vote taken against the superintendent. No local chapter has taken a vote against the superintendent and for him to come out and say negative things about the superintendent using the NAACP label is absolutely wrong," Stokes said.

Johnson says although Dr. Edwards is a nice guy his tenure has not proven to be effective for the district.

He says, "The NAACP has long taken the position that all children should be provided with a quality education and for any administration or individual who has not provided such quality the organization will always speak against that individual or administration".

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