Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray leads one of the largest school districts in Mississippi. Improving education in the state has been discussed for years by groups that range from elected leaders to community activists. Gray said action — not talk — is the key.
JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers, Ph.D., said she was “thrilled” about the agreement she signed with Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray
Executive Director for JPS Middle Schools, , Vonda Beady, said improving academic achievement at her school has always been the priority.
Dr. Daniel Watkins, dean of JSU’s College of Education and Human Development, explained the urgency in addressing the educational needs of middle school students across the nation: a significant percentage is deficient in reading and math. He said 1.3 million students drop out of school each year.