State sued over special education in Jackson

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Disability advocates have sued the Mississippi Department of Education, saying state officials haven’t done enough to solve special education problems in the Jackson city schools.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, Southern Disability Law Center and Disability Rights Mississippi filed the suit in federal court in Jackson Tuesday.

Representing an unnamed 16-year-old student, they say the state has “exhibited complete indifference” to problems the groups cited in a 2010 complaint filed with the state.

That complaint resulted in an investigation of Jackson Public Schools, bringing Mississippi’s second-largest school system to the brink of losing accreditation. In May, the state’s accreditation commission gave Jackson six more months to solve problems.

Jon Kalahar, a spokesman for the state Department of Education, said officials are studying the suit but had no immediate response.