Public records show the Jackson school district has spent at least $20,000 for out-of-state trips by Superintendent Lonnie Edwards since he started the job in 2008.
The Clarion-Ledger reports Edwards' trips cost more than twice as much as the combined expenses of similar trips for the other six Jackson-area superintendents, the DeSoto County schools superintendent and state Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham.
The newspaper obtained documents through a public records request. They show Edwards has taken about a dozen out-of-state trips since 2008. He usually flies from Jackson to Atlanta, where his wife still lives, before continuing to the final destination.
Edwards defends traveling out of state while school districts have received funding cuts. He says training is essential for Jackson Public Schools' leadership and staff.
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