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by By Charles Dunagin Enterprise-Journal
May 09, 2014 | 117 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Larry Drawdy, with the Mississippi Department of Education, says he’s seen a number of schools taken over by the state during his career, and too many of them are patronized by people with the wrong priorities.

In Pike County this week, Drawdy said while some are concerned about the academic progress in the schools, many administrators and family members around the state are more concerned with athletic achievements than academic benchmarks.

Drawdy spoke of a district that was taken over with five of five schools failing, and their main concern within the district was whether the championship basketball team would be able to travel to the state playoffs.

“If schools put as much emphasis on academics as they do on their athletic programs, then Mississippi would not be where it is academically across the state,” Drawdy said. “The first question we get asked when we take over a school district: ‘Can my son play football? Can my grandson play basketball? Can my daughter play softball?’ I ask questions about academics.”

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