- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education’s data expert is leaving the agency after working there for little more than a year.

MDE spokeswoman Jean Cook confirms J.P. Beaudoin’s departure but did not provide further details.

Beaudoin, the department’s chief of research and development, was hired in August 2015 to oversee six offices, including student assessment, accreditation and educator licensure. The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/2dWhA8t ) Beaudoin received recent attention for his role in developing standardized test standards and accreditation ratings.

There’s no word on who will replace him.

The Clarion-Ledger has previously reported that Beaudoin continued to serve as CEO for a consulting company since joining MDE. Agency travel records show he lives in Louisiana, where his Baton Rouge-based company, Research in Action, earned $225,104 in MDE contract work before his hire.

Research in Action has had recent contracts with the Delaware Department of Education and the New England Secondary School Consortium.

Beaudoin also faces a lawsuit filed in August by Melissa Hall, a business systems analyst who he fired. She alleges he created a racially and sexually hostile work environment and discriminated against her.

Hall, who is African-American, said in her complaint that Beaudoin told another department employee that the agency “needed to get rid of” a white, female employee “to prevent me (Hall) from later claiming I was the victim of race discrimination.”


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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