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Mayoral candidates address public school education

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Parents for Public Schools held the forum at the Jackson Medical Mall. Democrats Jonathan Lee, Chokwe Lumumba and Independent candidate Richard "Chip" Williams participated. Parents for Public Schools held the forum at the Jackson Medical Mall. Democrats Jonathan Lee, Chokwe Lumumba and Independent candidate Richard "Chip" Williams participated.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many topics have been covered along the Jackson mayoral campaign trail, but Sunday night the candidates were questioned about their plans to improve the Capital City's public school system.

Parents for Public Schools held the forum at the Jackson Medical Mall.

Democrats Jonathan Lee, Chokwe Lumumba and Independent candidate Richard "Chip" Williams participated.

Parents and students posed questions about the 30,000 student district.

"We didn't want to hear about education across the country. We wanted to hear about education in the Jackson Public Schools and how each candidate felt, what their role would be in doing that and in supporting these children," expressed Parents for Public Schools Jackson Executive Director Carolyn Jolivette.

Candidates were asked their solutions and thoughts on addressing the dropout rate, vocational education, improving student test scores and recruiting and retaining high performing educators.

"I'm real pleased that folks listened and they were attentive. And we couldn't get to all the questions, but I think we did hear some similarities. But we also heard some differences in their opinions," said Jolivette.

All mayoral candidates were invited to participate in the forum. The runoff election is Tuesday.

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