Jackson schools faces accreditation downgrade

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Jackson Public School District is expected to file a response to an audit conducted by the Mississippi Department of Education that resulted in a recommendation for a downgrade in the district’s accreditation status.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the state’s second largest school district is at risk of starting the new academic year on probation pending the outcome of the August 16 hearing before the Commission on School Accreditation.

The recommended downgrade from accredited to probation comes after the district was cited for violating 22 of the state’s 32 accreditation standards during the on-site audit conducted over the course of three weeks in April.

Some of the most serious violations alleged in the evaluation are that principals’ “hands are tied” when it comes to administering discipline with Superintendent Cedrick Gray overturning their discipline policies.