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JPS Superintendent updates progress

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The new leader of Jackson Public Schools, Cedrick Gray, Ph. D., called a media conference Thursday morning. Gray has been on the job since July 1 and has three weeks until the 2012-2013 school year begins August 12.

With the clock ticking he gave an address to the public and media, which is the first in a series of such conferences to highlight matters discussed during JPS Board meetings.

In the address Gray covered several topics including Mississippi schools receiving a waiver on key provisions of "No Child Left Behind".  He also touched on the district's effort to meet accreditation standards during the summer break.

"Jackson Public Schools continues to work to improve our services, particularly as it relates to students with special needs, by reviewing and correcting our policies and processes," Gray said.

A plan to improve the quality of education offered to special education students has been forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Education for approval, according to Gray.

The latest deadline to meet accreditation standards is now November 1, 2012.

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