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
— Humphreys County
— Jefferson County
— Kemper County
— Leake County
— North Bolivar
— Wayne County
— West Bolivar
— Yazoo City
— Yazoo County