It looks like the largest school district in Mississippi, Jackson Public Schools, could be taken over by the state after many complaints from parents, district employees and concerned citizens. After a vote by the Commission on School Accreditation, it will now go before the State Board of Education.  

“According to the report, students were seen by officials roaming the hallways during class, watching videos on their cell phones and engaging in what they are referring to as “horseplay” during instructional time. MDE staff also observed classrooms and students being left unattended and both students and teachers entering the school building over an hour after the first bell rang.

Additionally, MDE staff observed numerous dress code violations in several buildings. MDE staff frequently observed gang signs, foul language, and behaviors that were in violation of the District’s Code of Conduct in the classrooms and hallways. In the student parking lots, MDE staff observed students in or around the vehicles smoking and playing loud music from the vehicles’ radios and driving dangerously in the student parking lots,” the audit says.”

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