MHS Teacher Terminated

A teacher officials said was responsible for a testing violation at Meridian High School, which lowered the district's accreditation level, has been fired.

The Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi Attorney General's Office conducted separate investigations into the violation of the Spring 2008 English II Subject Area Test. Both state agencies report finding a violation.

The termination of the teacher, whose name was not revealed by authorities, was based on a separate investigation by school board attorney John Compton.

According to a district news release, the firing was based on the teacher sharing a previously administered English II subject area test with her students.

Compton's investigation also found that MHS principal Vicky Hood failed to report a complaint about a possible test security violation to the district test coordinator, but did not find that Hood tried to cover up the violation.

The release stated that the principal discussed the violation with the person who was test coordinator at the high school at the time and an assistant principal, with the initial consensus being the "alleged test violation" had no merit, but later determining that conclusion was in error.

The news release stated "the principal did not have the discretion to make the decision that the alleged test violation had no merit."

It was Compton's finding that Hood and the test security coordinator should have reported the alleged violation to the district test security coordinator.

The Meridian School District has notified the Mississippi Department of Education of its action of firing the teacher, and has appealed the downgrade of the district's accreditation, which officials say is still pending.

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  • by Teacher/Parent on Aug 11, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    To George-Jonas Crenshaw happens to be the a very intelligent young man. He has done an excellent job in every position he has had. There is a rapport next to none, among teachers at Magnolia and the kids loved him at MHS. He served as class sponsor and spend money out of his pocket to give many students experiences their parents could not afford to give. At CO, was personable and visited HBCUs and other colleges to recruit teachers to come to MPSD. JC is not the issue here. The fact that racism and ill-treatment of employees-teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc has come to light is the REASON FOR THIS SEASON!
  • by deeply hurt Location: meridian on Aug 7, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    The light of truth burns bright. Some bask in its warm glow, while others turn their heads and cover their eyes. "The only thing that is necessary for evil to survive is for good men and women to do NOTHING". Which are you WTOK?
  • by George Location: Meridian on Aug 7, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    Jonas Crenshaw and leadership do not belong in the same sentence. Talk about being tossed around until no one steps up to say not me. Moved out of MHS because of some excessive fraternizing with students? One year as AP at Magnolia then run out because he didn't have the respect or support of the teachers? Pushed out of NW after one year because no one wanted him there either. Way over his head at C.O. Check with the former Supt. and ask how many critical reports he completed on time. How many teachers not qualified for their position (but met the qualification of being his "friend") ended up in our schools and damaged the quality of education for our kids. Now he is a principal?!? I guess we deserve all the bad results and reputation that we are getting if MPSD is making decisions like this. Oh, and did I forget to say that this is another E. Lynch move. Add them all up people. We gotta get rid of the rest of the board or we'll have to deal with more of this!
  • by READ Location: Meridian on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    To Research based evidence: Thanks for posting this website.
  • by Research based evidence to allow transfers on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    Not the Kronley report, but some interesting reading. Mr Kent's thesis for specialist degree. From his thesis per Taylor vs Board of Education of New Rochell and Bell vs School Board of Gary, Indiana, MPSD school board and superintendent ought to be asking the teachers who want their out-of-district kids to go to Poplar Springs if it is because it is majority white or a level 5 school. Per Kent's thesis, "If the motives are free of racial taint, there is no affirmative duty to desegregate." I would think that allowing a couple of dozen teacher kids to go to Poplar Springs because they are a level 5 school would prove their intention is not racially tainted. Why not give these teachers a chance to tell the school board this, and if their motives are not racial, but academic, let them transfer. Mr. Kent proposed this in his own thesis back in the 90's per supreme court cases. Link provided below.
  • by To Diogenes - Not all about race! on Aug 4, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    If tables were turned, would you want to be the only black child in an all white class? Some parents live in a school district with behavior & academic problems (black & white) They don't want their child there. Why do you think so many black families transfer to Poplar Springs? This is reality & when the board and super. deny a family a transfer, they are in essence making those parents do what is in the best interest of their child - put him in a more disciplined, academically challenging school. Call it racism or whatever you want, but it's that way all over the USA, not just Meridian. Look how the white participation dropped at Parkview, West Hills. Build that back up, & blacks who are transferring out will stay. So will whites. Both races are requesting transfers to PopSprings not just whites! These parents requesting transfers have ONE go round with their kids & can't afford to have them be the failed social experiment. The Obamas and Kennedys haven't. Why would they?
  • by community watch Location: CITY on Aug 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Why are we not receiving the Kronley report? I know several people have called CO to request a copy. If this report is the driving force behind many of the decisions, why is it not being given out for public viewing? (I thought the smoke and mirrows were gone)Is there a formum tonight? If so, the Kronley report needs to be made public...I for one would like to see his suggestions and ideas of how this school system should be running. I suspect it will be interesting reading.
  • by CC Location: Meridian on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    Jonas Crenshaw is not missing. He is very much in leadership at Magnolia. It is really amazing that Jonas's every move is scrutinized. (meeting with friends after work or taking his required time off). Magnolia will be the school to watch under his leadership. The teachers, parents and most importantly the students are very fortunate.
  • by Diogenes Location: Meridian on Aug 4, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    Regardless of how much we attempt to deny it, "The Elephant" repeatly appears in many of our comments.
  • by Time to question interpretation of policy on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    The buddies I think are all minority students entering Poplar Springs. Desegregation approved board policy says wherever a student is in the minority the child can transfer in to a school if there is room. Since the teachers kids have been kicked out of Poplar Springs, the minority students to that school can now get their transfers back in to Poplar Springs. Some black students have been there under transfers all along and have been granted them per last board meeting. Probably some more will be transferred in. Meanwhile, the little teacher perk (which Kent says there are no more of) cannot transfer in. I am curious as to how many white teachers kids were not allowed transfers to Poplar Springs and if it really did defy Federal Court order. I would think a couple of dozen might be okay. But new administration says all or nothing on that court order. C.O. and their paid consultants are interpreting it. I would think some parents ought to request a hearing from Feds on it.
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