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Jackson Public Schools accreditation meeting

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A question mark remains for accreditation of the Jackson Public School System Monday.

There was a meeting on the accreditation issue Monday morning, but when the question was asked if there was anyone present representing the second largest school system in the state, nobody stood up.

The meeting room was almost full at the Mississippi Department of Education, but nobody came forward to represent Jackson schools.

Finally Blake Wilson, Commission Member, who is also the President of the Mississippi Economic Council, the state's Chamber of Commerce, suggested holding another meeting where Jackson Public Schools could make it's case.

"It gives Jackson Public Schools a chance to come in and say this is what we are trying to do," Wilson said. "I mean I think it's important for not only the commission members, but also the general public, to hear, you know what is involved here. How is the Jackson Public School administration responding?"

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Lee Childress, the Vice Chairman of the Commission on School Accreditation, who was asked about the problems the Jackson Public Schools have.

"There have been other issues with the Jackson Public School District in that they were assigned probation at the September meeting of the State Department of Education Commission on School Accreditation," Dr. Childress said. "The issues were I think financial standards, in terms of a letter of warning and also not being in compliance with accreditation standards regarding compulsory school attendance."

So the Commission on Accreditation of the Mississippi Department of Education will hold another meeting April 26th at 10:00 a.m. to determine the fate of the accreditation of Jackson Public Schools.

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