Judge Won’t Stop State From Taking Over Jackson Schools

HINDS COUNTY, AR (Ben Caxton) — Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan won’t stop a state takeover of Mississippi’s second-largest school district. On Monday Gowan denied a temporary restraining order sought by the Jackson school district against the state Board of Education, saying the district’s request sought to have him infringe on Governor Phil Bryant’s authority. The governor has said he will decide later this month whether or not to declare a state of emergency in the 27,000-student district. Last month the Board of Education asked the governor to do so, citing state rule violations. Lawyers for the district argue Jackson’s due process rights were denied because it didn’t have enough time to respond to state findings. A federal lawsuit filed by a group of Jackson parents is still pending.



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