State: Jackson school district must rework improvement plan

jps_boardroom_exterior_ew_t670JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – State officials say the Jackson school district’s improvement plan needs more work.

Mississippi’s Board of Education voted Thursday to reject Jackson’s improvement plan, asking the district to overhaul it and resubmit it in December.

State Superintendent Carey Wright is scheduled to discuss the situation Friday with interim Jackson Superintendent Freddrick Murray and school board President Beneta Burt.

The state put Mississippi’s second-largest school district on probation in August, launching a broader investigation of conditions. Failure to improve could lead to a state takeover of the F-rated district.

State officials say some needed changes are minor, but say they fear district officials aren’t taking school safety seriously. Accreditation director Paula Vanderford tells state board members that one principal called safety problems a perception, while admitting the school averaged 10 fights daily.

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