- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The National Alliance of Black School Educators has named Cedrick Gray of Jackson Public Schools as its superintendent of the year. It was among 10 awards given at the organization’s annual conference in Washington.

The group says “superintendent of the year” goes to people whose leadership has brought significant improvements for students of African descent.

A news release from Jackson Public Schools says that, since Gray’s appointment in 2012, the district’s state and national accreditation were restored, graduation rates increased and dropout rates went down. In addition, the district settled a lawsuit with the City of Jackson and a dispute with its bus drivers.

Gray says the award represents the hard work of the district staff.

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