State delays approval of Jackson Public Schools plan

The Jackson Public School District has some work to do before the state can approve its corrective action plan, a necessary step in the district’s audit process. At a State Board of Education meeting Thursday, members decided to delay approval of some districts’ corrective action plans, or CAPs because they needed more work. Three districts — JPS, Natchez-Adams and Hazlehurst — will continue to work on their plans with the help of the Mississippi Department of Education. They will be presented for approval in March. Both Jackson and state education officials said the work will be a collaborative effort.

Water woes force JPS to extend school day

Students in the Jackson Public Schools who celebrated their surprise extended winter break because of city-wide water issues will be upset to learn the district is extending its school day this spring. The Jackson Public School District missed seven school days this year due to city-wide problems with water pressure and winter weather. To make up for it, students will spend additional time in the classroom. The Board of Trustees approved a make-up plan Tuesday night. All schools will extend the school day by one hour from Feb.

Education officials host lottery for unused scholarship accounts

The Mississippi Department of Education plans to dole out 90 unused Education Scholarship Accounts next week for public school parents to enroll their children in private school or other services. The state will host a lottery on Feb. 8 to redistribute unused accounts for the current school year. Known informally as ESA accounts, they have been available to families since 2015 to provide up to $6,500 in state funds per year for parents of public school students with special needs. The funds are used for private school tuition or other expenses such as tutoring, transportation to and from school, and curriculum, among others.