AP on Jackson, Mississippi, Special Education Lawsuit
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Lawyers for three disabled students say the state's plan to take over special education in Jackson city schools is not good enough.
Lawyers on Thursday asked a federal judge to appoint a special education chief for Jackson Public Schools. They say the Mississippi Department of Education's history of delay proves the state is not up to the task.
The move comes two days after Jackson's school board reversed itself and voted 4-3 to accept an agreement with the state. It calls for the state and Jackson to jointly name a new special education administrator who will report to the state.
"We don't believe that will necessarily be adequate," Vanessa Carroll, a lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in an interview.