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State has 18 school districts on probation for violations

JACKSON (AP) — A total of 18 public school districts have been put on probation for breaking state rules. That includes the Jackson school district, which remains at risk of a state takeover.

The state School Accreditation Commission on Tuesday approved the list. Of the districts, 13 were cited for teachers or staff who lack the correct state licenses, meaning they are either unlicensed or are working outside the fields for which they are licensed.

The commission didn’t strip accreditation from any district.

The state board has asked Gov. Phil Bryant to declare an emergency in the Jackson district, allowing a state takeover. Bryant said he wanted to wait until the district’s letter grade is officially released.