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JPS budget cuts concerns

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Jackson Public School's budget will be cut by $550-thousa-dollars for the last three months of this school year. JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray spoke out about the funding and said this is based on the lack of state revenue collections.

"That is some celebratory stuff going on within Jackson Public Schools," said Dr. Gray.

Dr. Cedrick Gray was referring to the increased graduation rates, academic performance improvements and the increase in percentage of third graders passing the assessment tests. However, Dr. Gray said the momentum is put on hold as the district learns of not only the half million dollar budget cut, but another budget cut possibly coming.

"On Friday, April 22nd school districts received a notice from the Mississippi Department of Education that House Bill 1643 passed the legislature and is now pending the signature of the governor," added Dr. Gray.

Dr. Gray said this bill currently has 7.07 percent reduction from full funding for school districts starting next school year.

"The allocations for JPS is 126 million 400 thousand dollars which is a reduction of from last year's allocations of over 4.3 million dollars, a reduction," said Dr. Gray.

Dr. Gray said some very difficult decisions lie ahead that could affect you and JPS students.

"The challenge though sits before us," said Dr. Gray. "Without the right level of funding we may be impacted in ways we have not even imagined." 

There was no indication on what that might mean for the future. Dr. Gray said right now his team is working to craft a plan.

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