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JCPS Superintendent Acknowledges Concerns Over Recent Central Office Hire

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens has addressed the controversy surrounding her new chief of diversity, community relations and communications Wednesday and says she’s accountable for her recent hires.

Jamilah Fraser formerly held a communications position with the School District of Philadelphia, but stepped down after serving under Superintendent Arlene Ackerman during a district-wide cheating scandal.

Ackerman reportedly butt heads with teachers unions and city leaders and was leading the district when the cheating scandal broke out, but also while standardized scores were on the rise. Fraser was the fourth and last communications director under Ackerman and she’ll now start in JCPS on March 12.