Jefferson High Update

New information tonight on the Jefferson High School controversy in Rockford, according to the Rockford School Superintendent, the principal there, now on administrative leave does not have proper certification to even be a Principal. Dr. Kenneth Jackson is required by law to be certified and according to Linda Hernandez.

Jackson's temporary license expired August 27Th. This comes after Jackson was put on administrative leave earlier this week pending an investigation into allegations that he changed hundreds of grades so students wouldn't fail.

Hernandez says the grade changing is part of the reason for the suspension but she won't comment any further other than to say nothing criminal has happened.

Jackson tells 23 News he won't comment on the situation until he gets legal advice.


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  • by Bob Again Location: Rockford on Sep 19, 2007 at 03:52 PM
    I am disappointed to see many of the local politicians showing their support for Dr. Jackson . I believe they should remain neutral publicly and let the school officials do their job . I think it is absurd to make this a racial issue and blame Linda Hernandez for doing the job she was appointed to do . She inherited this mess , she did not create it . This matter should not be a topic of discussion at the city council meeting and school board members should abstain from support meetings and concentrate on doing the job they were elected to do , which is to render an unbiased decision based on the facts alone . Speaking of facts , isn't it a fact that Dr. Jackson fired the varsity football coach because he failed to aquire proper certification to be a coach ? I believe his name is Brackett , please correct me if I am wrong but I recall reading about this in the paper . I don't believe reinstatement is the answer to this issue , we need to hire a new principal and move on ASAP.
  • by Bob Location: Rockford on Sep 18, 2007 at 08:37 PM
    I am sure that Dr. Jackson has been a positive influence on many students at Jefferson , but the fact remains he is not certified and should not be at Jefferson without proper certification . He can call it a witch hunt or an attack on his charcter but the truth is his credentials should be scrutinized even more now . Does he really have the education that he professes to have . If in fact he has the education he claims then he should of been fully aware of the requirments for proper certification . After all he has been in this profession for a number of years. His military services has no bearing at all in this matter and should not be brought up by his supporters in his defense. Again I will say Dr. Jackson has accomplished many positive things at Jefferson , but we can no overlook his lack of certification or his arbitrary changing of students grades.
  • by Bob on Sep 16, 2007 at 06:11 PM
    Why are there no post ? I know people must have something to say . Where are all of the Jackson supporters ?
  • by Bob Location: Rockford on Sep 14, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    I have been telling you people this guy is not innocent in this whole matter and you refuse to post my messages. Afraid of the truth ?
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