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Jackson schools to argue for keeping accreditation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Public School officials this week go before the state Commission on School Accreditation to argue against having the district's accreditation withdrawn.

 Reports say it could take up to 45 days for the commission to decide after Thursday's hearing.

Currently there are no Mississippi school districts for which accreditation has been withdrawn.

Problems in the Jackson District's special education office are at the center of the accreditation issue.

The district missed a 2011 deadline to fix the problems. That led the U.S. Department of Education to demand that state officials enact sanctions against the district.

Under a Mississippi Department of Education policy, districts where accreditation is withdrawn are not allowed to participate in post-season athletic activities such as high school playoff games.

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