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JPS board reverses decision

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees has reversed its decision and will now enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Mississippi Department of Education.

During a special school board meeting Tuesday, the board reconsidered the agreement it voted down Monday.

The board voted four to three to reverse its previous decision.

The agreement will give the district until June 30, 2013, to comply with federal special education requirements.

The school district was in jeopardy of losing accreditation after board members voted down the extension agreement with the department of education Monday.

Board member Kisiah Nolan who was the swing vote said, "I feel the loss of the district accreditation would be too much of a negative impact on our remaining 29,000 students.  It is the responsibility of the board as we all know, to do what is in the best interest of the students."

Board member Tim Collins who voted against the agreement said, "The state could be in here for ten, twelve years.  That's another concern of mine certainly, we don't want to risk accreditation but on the other side we had avenues that we could have taken this thing further."

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