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JPS takeover challenge dropped
Nov 7, 6:26 AM: A group of Jackson Public School parents, who turned to the federal courts in an effort to block a possible state takeover of the district, have dropped their legal challenge against several state officials, including >
A closer look at the mayor and city's new role on JPS
Nov 6, 6:48 AM: In a meeting with Gov. Phil Bryant over the future of the Jackson Public Schools system, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said he seized a key opportunity to keep JPS in local hands.
Analysis: Takeover alternative raises questions about JPS' improvement
Nov 1, 5:31 AM: Before last week’s announcement, the future of the district’s governance status had been in limbo after a scathing audit by the Mississippi Department of Education found JPS in violation of 75 percent of the state’s >
JPS takeover: Bryant offers more insight into 'third option'
Oct 26, 5:30 AM: Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to choose a third option in response to the state Board of Education’s recommendation to take over the Jackson Public School District.
JPS in limbo as Bryant decides who should govern
Oct 20, 5:39 AM: Jackson parents, students and teachers were hoping the answer would come Thursday to the question that’s sparked anxiety for many: Will the state take control of the city’s schools?
JPS Faces Big Week as Governor's Takeover Decision Looms
Oct 17, 5:35 AM: 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.
Achievement School District Task Force will 'triage' failing schools
Oct 12, 5:35 AM: A task force planning a state run district for Mississippi’s lowest rated school systems continues to face tough questions: When should the state intervene in struggling districts and schools and how much capacity does the >
Mississippi eyes charter school expansion thanks to new federal grant money
Oct 10, 6:04 AM: The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board's goal is to approve 15 new charter schools in the next 5 years, but as Mississippi First has learned, there have been some stumbling blocks for new charters. >
Students speak out against state takeover of Jackson Public Schools
Oct 10, 5:11 AM: The fate of the Jackson Public School District is still in the hands of Governor Phil Bryant. Students gathered on the steps of Jackson's City Hall Monday to speak out against the proposed state takeover. >
First charter serving early elementary grades set to open in Jackson
Oct 10, 4:42 AM: The school plans to start with kindergarten and first grade with a projected enrollment of 180-216 students and grow to grades K-4 by its fourth year with a maximum enrollment of 528 students, according to its >
Mississippi had spent up to $600,000 on private school textbooks. Now that's changing.
Oct 5, 5:42 AM: Citing budget cuts, the Mississippi Department of Education is scaling back the use of state funds to pay for loaning textbooks to some private schools, including treatment facilities and religious schools.
Takeover or Not: Jackson Schools in Limbo
Sep 28, 5:36 AM: Jacksonians will have to wait on Gov. Bryant's decision, set to be made next month. The governor gets the final call on whether to pull local control from the state's second largest district, dissolving the local school >
Charter School Decision Over Diversion of Public Funds Should Drop Soon
Sep 27, 6:02 AM: The case asks the court to decide if public-school districts sending their local and state funding to charter schools located in their district violates the state's constitutional mandates for school funding. >
Proof of college- and career-readiness an option in new high school graduation requirements
Sep 25, 5:13 AM: School district superintendents in the Pine Belt will get training next month in the new high school diploma options approved recently by the state Board of Education. The new options include ones aimed at showing a high >
JPS parents look for balance, advocacy in takeover talks
Sep 21, 5:24 AM: The day after the state Board of Education recommended Gov. Phil Bryant “declare an extreme state emergency” in Jackson Public Schools, Michelle Henry woke up with uncertainty.
JPS parents ask federal judge to block takeover
Sep 20, 5:22 AM: A group of Jackson Public Schools parents are challenging Mississippi’s efforts to take over the district’s schools, saying the state shut them out of the process.
State Board Sends JPS Takeover to Governor for Stamp of Approval
Sep 15, 5:30 AM: 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. >
JPS takeover nears with commission vote
Sep 14, 5:28 AM: The Commission on School Accreditation voted 10-1 on Wednesday to declare an "extreme emergency exists" in Mississippi's second-largest school district.
Analysis: Jackson Public Schools faces a hard sell to avoid takeover
Sep 13, 5:17 AM: State oversight officials had placed JPS on probation for a host of violations, such as classrooms where no instruction appeared to be taking place, improper maintenance of buildings, including a lack of fire >
Charter approved for Mississippi Delta will be first outside of Jackson
Sep 12, 5:09 AM: It was quick work Monday as the Mississippi Charter Authorizer Board approved the opening of the state’s first rural charter school.



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