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Reason revealed for Calhoun County School District probation

A total of 18 Mississippi public school districts have been put on probation for breaking state rules.

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 3:08 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2017 3:08 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A total of 18 Mississippi public school districts have been put on probation for breaking state rules.

That includes the Calhoun County School District, the only one in our area.

Calhoun County has a deficiency in its special education programs, that’s according to the Mississippi Department of Education.

Special education director, Paula Mattox, says this started with a parent who complained about the program in 2015.

The special education director says they are working to get the deficiency resolved.  

Resident David Keeton says five of his kids graduated from the county’s schools, most of them are in education now. 

“It seems to me like the problem with schools, it’s not enough people getting into education and it’s harder to fill slots,” said Keeton. 

Keeton has children in speech pathology and teaching science, but believes it could be tough to recruit the right candidates in his area.

“It’s harder to recruit to smaller schools because of chances, opportunities or whatever you want to call it as far as advancing from a small school setting.” 

The state School Accreditation Commission on Tuesday approved the probation list. Of the districts, 13 were cited for teachers or professional staff who lack the correct state licenses, meaning they are either unlicensed or are working outside the fields for which they are licensed.

The commission didn't strip accreditation from any district.

Here's the list:

— Calhoun County

— Coahoma Agricultural High School

— Coahoma County

— Durant

— Hazlehurst

— Humphreys County

— Jackson

— Jefferson County

— Kemper County

— Leake County

— Leland

— McComb

— Natchez-Adams

— North Bolivar

— Wayne County

— West Bolivar

— Yazoo City

— Yazoo County

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 159036

Reported Deaths: 3879
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto10708104
Hinds10519205
Harrison7555113
Jackson6708128
Rankin6130112
Lee547697
Madison5202110
Forrest400187
Jones382189
Lauderdale3727147
Lafayette344057
Washington3367108
Lamar307550
Lowndes261167
Oktibbeha259962
Bolivar250185
Panola240253
Neshoba2311122
Marshall227151
Leflore213991
Monroe212278
Pontotoc211231
Lincoln200867
Sunflower195555
Warren184958
Tate184051
Union176826
Copiah172540
Pike168360
Pearl River163870
Yazoo162940
Scott162730
Itawamba162637
Alcorn160428
Coahoma157844
Prentiss156732
Simpson155153
Adams148352
Grenada147145
Leake143344
Holmes135761
Covington135541
Tippah132530
George131725
Winston131726
Hancock130942
Wayne124924
Attala124735
Marion124248
Tishomingo114844
Chickasaw112132
Newton112129
Tallahatchie100727
Clay97127
Clarke95653
Jasper88523
Stone83115
Calhoun81513
Walthall79930
Montgomery78826
Carroll76315
Smith75716
Lawrence75214
Yalobusha74428
Noxubee74217
Perry69326
Tunica63519
Greene63022
Jefferson Davis60217
Amite59315
Claiborne59316
Humphreys55719
Quitman5117
Benton50518
Kemper49318
Webster47914
Wilkinson41322
Jefferson38712
Franklin3726
Choctaw3697
Sharkey33117
Issaquena1234
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 260359

Reported Deaths: 3776
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson34716513
Mobile20452370
Madison14215153
Tuscaloosa13755173
Montgomery12731243
Shelby1110278
Baldwin9341137
Lee801566
Morgan722855
Etowah692170
Calhoun6809121
Marshall675058
Houston552739
DeKalb512940
Cullman480246
St. Clair460357
Limestone455046
Lauderdale443357
Elmore432567
Walker3861112
Talladega381157
Jackson361623
Colbert341546
Blount315845
Autauga289342
Franklin262634
Coffee257717
Dale244454
Dallas234932
Chilton233641
Covington232434
Russell23153
Escambia206932
Tallapoosa190291
Chambers187551
Clarke164120
Pike163814
Marion148236
Winston144725
Lawrence137336
Pickens129720
Geneva12818
Marengo126724
Bibb125238
Barbour121429
Butler120042
Randolph107022
Cherokee106724
Hale101432
Fayette99916
Clay94825
Washington93921
Henry8996
Monroe84611
Lowndes82629
Cleburne80714
Macon77122
Crenshaw73330
Conecuh72914
Lamar7258
Bullock70919
Perry6987
Wilcox65518
Sumter59522
Greene44518
Choctaw43519
Coosa3824
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