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The State Takeover of JPS

JFP's stories about the state takeover of the Jackson Public Schools district

City & County

New JPS Board Inspects Contracts, Demands Data and Accountability

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The atmosphere got tense in the Jackson Public Schools boardroom on Tuesday night as board members drilled question after question at contractors helping the school district with its corrective action plan.

City & County

Revamped JPS School Board Gets to Work

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If Tuesday night was any indication of how the new Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees will operate, Jacksonians are in good hands.

City & County

At Last Hour, Two School Board Members Approved for New JPS Panel

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The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees is now just one member shy from full for the first time in months, but some council members are concerned that the nominations came too late for adequate consideration.

City & County

JPS Commission Pushes Work Forward, Sets Deadline

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The "Better Together" commission to analyze the needs of Jackson's public schools held its second meeting in the Lincoln Gardens community center, off Medgar Evers Drive in northwest Jackson, which filled to standing-room only.

City & County

JPS Commission Gets to Work

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More than 50 Jacksonians filled the Mississippi Museum of Art lobby on Nov. 8, eager to hear what the newly formed "Better Together" commission would do for Jackson Public Schools.

City & County

Four New JPS Board Members to Lead Next Chapter for Beleaguered District

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The Jackson City Council restored a quorum to the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees on Wednesday, unanimously confirming four new members who are charged with leading the district through a difficult stage in its history.

City & County

A Different Kind of Takeover for JPS

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The Jackson Public School District is now in the hands of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Gov. Phil Bryant's office and the City of Jackson.

City & County

UPDATED: Lumumba, Bryant Unveil JPS Commission with W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba today confirmed and expounded on the rumor that people and organizations have worked behind the scenes to develop a "third option" for Jackson Public Schools.

City & County

Gov. Phil Bryant Confirms Third Option for Jackson Public Schools

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Gov. Phil Bryant confirmed this morning that he is working with several organizations as well as the Mississippi Department of Education to find a third option to revitalize the state's second-largest school district beyond leaving it under Jackson Public Schools' control or allowing the State to run it.

City & County

Two Ways to Take Over a School District

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If Gov. Phil Bryant does not agree to a rumored-but-still-quiet deal with the Jackson mayor and a large philanthropic foundation to provide a third option, Jackson Public Schools will face one of two options for the Mississippi Board of Education—and the state—to take over the district.

City & County

UPDATED: JPS Draws Expected 'F' in MDE District, School Grades Released Today

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The Mississippi Department of Education released the 2017 accountability rankings of all schools and districts in the state this morning. Seventy percent of the state's schools are performing at "C" grade or higher. Nine districts received an "F" grade, including Jackson Public Schools.

City & County

JPS Keeps Accreditation for Now as 18 Districts Go on Probation

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The Commission on School Accreditation approved the 2017 accountability grades of JPS schools and districts at its meeting Tuesday morning, as well as recommended that 18 school districts in the state go on probation for accreditation violations.

City & County

JPS Faces Big Week as Governor's Takeover Decision Looms

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As Jackson Public Schools officials and administrators work to meet deadlines set in their 2016 corrective action plan, Gov. Phil Bryant could decide to take away local control of the district this week.

City & County

JPS Students: ‘Takeover’ Could Empty Schools, Fill Jails

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State of Mississippi takeover of Jackson Public Schools could be devastating to young people, a group of JPS students told reporters outside City Hall Monday.

City & County

JPS: In the Midst of an ‘Unprecedented’ Situation

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When the Mississippi Board of Education recommended a takeover of Jackson Public Schools, the district was almost finished implementing a corrective action plan that the department of education approved in December 2016.

City & County

Takeover or Not: Jackson Schools in Limbo

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The afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 14, seemed to creep by slowly as Mississippi Board of Education members deliberated the future of Jackson Public Schools behind closed doors.

City & County

How the JPS Takeover Affects Students

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JPS has been under scrutiny for 18 months, and I would not claim that the district does not need major improvements. But is JPS in such bad shape that the state should take control and shut out the people of Jackson from the process of improvement?

City & County

Yep, JPS Takeover Is a Conspiracy. Prove Me Wrong.

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The predictability of all this takeover hoohaa isn't lost on anyone who comprehends Mississippi's history of racial dynamics, white flight and victim-blaming.

City & County

'Our JPS' Coalition Activates Against State Takeover

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The pending takeover of Jackson Public Schools drew dozens of citizens to Friday Forum at the former Koinonia Coffeehouse this morning to learn about what it means for capital-city families.

Education

Watchdog Agency Questions Mississippi Education Contracts

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A state government watchdog agency is criticizing the Mississippi Department of Education for issuing contracts without taking bids, even though the contractors were paid more than the amounts that trigger bid requirements.

City & County

Gov. Bryant on JPS Takeover: 'Not Going to Rush Judgment'

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After meeting with Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba this morning, Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he does not plan to "rush judgment" on the Mississippi Board of Education's proposal to take over Jackson Public Schools, which awaits his signature.

City & County

Editorial: A State Takeover is Not the Solution for JPS

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The looming state takeover of Jackson Public Schools is full of myriad problems, from the State' of Mississippi's less-than-stellar track record of previous takeovers to a lack of transparency and collaboration on the part of Mississippi Department of Education officials.

City & County

Next Steps for JPS Takeover: Governor in No 'Rush'

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Jackson Public Schools started the week of Sept. 11 facing a possible takeover and ended with its fate in Gov. Phil Bryant's hands.

City & County

Attorney, JPS Parent Files Federal Lawsuit to Block State Takeover of School District

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Jackson attorney Dorsey Carson says the state's process to take over school districts, violates his child's and all parents' due-process rights.

City & County

State Board Sends JPS Takeover to Governor for Stamp of Approval

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The fate of Jackson Public Schools is now in the hands of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant after the Mississippi Board of Education declared an “extreme emergency situation” in the district this afternoon.

City & County

JPS ‘Takeover’ Looms as Commission Declares ‘Extreme Emergency’ in District

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The impending state takeover of Jackson Public Schools moved forward today, shocking a packed board room at the Mississippi Department of Education, which is housed in the old, long-segregated Central High School in downtown Jackson.

City & County

Lumumba Alleges 'Nefarious Intent' in JPS Audit, Says City Will Fight

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Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba rallied with advocates on Tuesday ahead of this morning's Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation meeting, during which members will determine whether or not to put Jackson Public Schools is in an "emergency" situation.

City & County

JPS Audit Released: District at Risk for 'Emergency' Declaration

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The fate of Jackson Public Schools is in the hands of a few statewide commission and board members.