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Regarding the “Better Together” option for Jackson Public Schools

To all advocates of the Jackson Public School District,

Yesterday, Mayor Lumumba and Governor Bryant unveiled a “Better Together” plan, formed in concert with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that attempts to reroute the possibility of potential state takeover of our district. Here is what we know about the details of this option, currently set in motion:

  • The entire JPS school board has resigned, though JPS still has local control of the district. Mayor Lumumba and the Jackson City Council will replenish the Board, starting as early as next week.
  • The City of Jackson, Bryant, and the Kellogg Foundation will create a commission of 15 members, with each party choosing 5 members. This commission will attempt to hire a contractor, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to perform a year-long analysis of JPS in order to assess what it needs to succeed.
  • JPS will still work with the Mississippi Department of Education on completing the corrective action plan, and Dr. Freddrick Murray will remain superintendent.
  • MDE has been notified by Governor Bryant of this plan.

Ask for More Jackson’s priority is the complete wellness of every scholar in the Jackson Public…
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Announcement of Our Name Change

Carolyn Jolivette

To all friends, family members, and advocates of the children of Jackson, Mississippi:

Previously, we’ve announced that we would be changing our name and separating from the the Parents for Public Schools national network. Our name and affiliation no longer fully captured the impact we work towards every day on behalf of our city’s children. It is with excitement that we announce our organization’s new name: Ask For More Jackson.

Ask For More is one of our oldest and most successful programs, empowering educators to support the wellbeing of each child through the student’s entire progression through school. Teachers and principals engage parents, students and community partners in the process, and that sense of shared responsibility radically improves how schools operate. All of our existing programs and relationships remain, and we look to the future to continue to meet the challenges that face the students, families, and educators in our public school district.

In addition to our name change, we have also given our logo a makeover. The logo icon depicts the dynamic movement of multi-colored shapes, each piece symbolizing the commitment of our diverse stakeholders to making innovative…
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