AG: Rhodes can’t serve

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 17, 2009

JACKSON (AP) — The state Board of Education has chosen John Jordan as interim superintendent of schools.

Jordan is a former deputy state superintendent and ex-Oxford school superintendent. He begin his new post on Monday.

The move comes after an attorney general’s opinion said an interim state superintendent must have the same qualifications as a permanent one, forcing Judy Rhodes to withdraw her name from consideration.

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State law requires the state superintendent to have at least a master’s degree and five years of administrative experience.

Rhodes has been employed by the state Department of Education for 20 years but does not have a master’s degree.

She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and nearly 30 credit hours toward a master’s.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,