Quitman's Accreditation Subject of Hearing

By: Jeff Amy, The Associated Press
By: Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

A dispute between the Quitman School District and a school board member, who says her twin sons with autism aren't getting the services they need, could lead to a downgrade in accreditation for the district.

A hearing on the district's accreditation status opened Wednesday in Jackson.

A hearing officer will make a recommendation to the state accreditation commission, which could in turn recommend to the state Board of Education that it lower Quitman's status.

Quitman administrators say they fairly treated school board member Rebecca Watkins and husband Amos, that the family has been
uncooperative, and that the district doesn't have to cater to the parents' desires.

The Watkins say the district has illegally withheld copies of their sons' educational records and is denying them required input in planning their sons' education.

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