Governor speaks out on JPS state takeover as decision looms

“The issue is, it’s a failing school system, and these children deserve better,” said Governor Phil Bryant.

The governor told reporters at the Capitol that he has not made a decision on the Jackson Public School state takeover. He and staff are currently reviewing the 700-page audit and responses from the school district.

“What will, more importantly, affect my decision is what do we know? What does my staff have the opportunity to review? How comfortable do we feel that the proper steps have been taken,” asked Bryant? “It is not a rubber stamp. This is something that we are very careful about before we enter into a takeover of any school”.