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Commission on School Accreditation Determines State of Emergency Exists in Jackson Public School District

September 13, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. – The Commission on School Accreditation determined today that an extreme emergency exists in the Jackson Public School District (JPS) that jeopardizes the safety, security, and educational interests of the children enrolled in the schools in the district. As a result, the Mississippi State Board of Education will consider on September 14 whether to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency in the district. 


The regularly scheduled Board meeting will begin at 10 a.m. September 14 in the Fourth Floor Board Room of the Central High School Building, 359 N. West St., Jackson. The Board will follow the same format as the Commission in allowing JPS and the Mississippi Department of Education to address the Board prior to the Board’s determination. View the Board meeting agenda here.


Note: The 4th floor Board Room seating capacity is approximately 70 people. When the room reaches capacity, all other visitors will be directed to the 2nd floor auditorium in the Central High School Building, where they can watch the meeting via live stream. View the live stream of all monthly State Board of Education Meetings at

Media Contact: 
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Communications Specialist