Protestors call for JPS superintendent to step down - - Jackson, MS

Protestors call for JPS superintendent to step down

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Parents and community members are calling for the resignation of Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray. 

Rumors that he is resigning are making rounds on social media, but the school board president says those rumors are false.

“I have not received any letter of resignation. Dr. Gray is our superintendent. I know there have been lots of rumors and social media and all kinds of things,” said JPS Board President Beneta Burt.

Burt said Dr. Gray is not out of a job with JPS, for now. The resignation rumors began swirling in the media and when school board member Kimberly Campbell wished Gray well on Facebook.

“I have not spoken with Ms. Campbell nor have I seen the post,” added Burt.

“You are being paid to administrate and if you can't administrate properly then a lot of that is your fault,” said Jackson resident Napoleon Edwards.

A group called Cipher, made up of parents and concerned citizens, protested Gray on Thursday. They say JPS is dealing with accreditation problems and poor test scores and someone needs to be held accountable and it shouldn't be the students.

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“Good riddance, good riddance," said a JPS parent. "Even though the full responsibility did not lie with him, as an administration and a Superintendent, you have to make sure you have the proper leaders under you.”

The school board president said a meeting will  be held to evaluate Superintendent Gray’s performance next Friday.

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