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Dr. Ivory Paul Phillips

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Background Information

Employment History


JSU's College of Education


Faculty Senate

sity Professor and Former President

Jackson State University

Professor of Social Science

Jackson State University


JSU's School of Education


Member, School Board

Board Member

Board Member
Jackson School

Board Member
Jackson Public Schools

Board of Trustees
Jackson Public Schools

Assistant Secretary
Jackson State University National Alumni Association , Inc.

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JPS Board Member Ivory ... [cached]

JPS Board Member Ivory Phillips said the district is spending too much on non-instructional components of its strings program.

At that time, Board Member Ivory Phillips voted against renewing the symphony's contract. After outcry from parents, the board voted 4-0 to renew the contract, this time with Phillips voting in favor of renewal.
Phillips said he is concerned about the "non-instructional" components of the program, which include demonstrations of the instruments by symphony members and student performances. He said non-instructional components are too expensive at this time.
"So you're suggesting we just teach them but never let them perform? Board President Kisiah Nolan asked.
Phillips replied that students should be allowed to perform, but JPS could manage performances instead of the symphony.
Phillips said the board needs more time to consider the cost, especially how much the program would cost if more students participated.
"I'm quite a connoisseur of music, I think ... but I would really like us to think now about the non-instructional component," he said.
Phillips made a motion to delay the vote for a week while the board studied the symphony's contract, but the motion died for lack of a second. The board voted 6-1 to renew JPS's contract with the symphony, with Phillips voting in opposition.
Phillips said he did not think a consultant was necessary to find a superintendent, and he voted against hiring one, citing budgetary concerns.
Did Phillips really just propose that the already overburdened JPS staff take over the duties of coordinating and setting up the concerts?
Dr. Ivory Phillips - all I got to say, if he see's something he doesn't concur with, watch out.
Duan C.: Dr. Ivory Phillips - all I got to say, if he see's something he doesn't concur with, watch out.

City official Robert Walker, Equal ... [cached]

City official Robert Walker, Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Wilma Scott, and Dr. Ivory Phillips of the JPS School Board are among those who spoke to the Ward 2 community.

Ivory Phillips, dean of ... [cached]

Ivory Phillips, dean of JSU's College of Education and Human Development, said most of the teachers are on the job now.

Phillips said the program deliberately tried to get Delta residents involved with the idea that they were more likely to stay on the job if they were teaching near home.

Ivory Phillips, a ... [cached]

Ivory Phillips, a MIRA board member and a former Jackson State University professor, echoed that sentiment. "God is in every man and every woman," he said.

Jackson Schools Board member ... [cached]

Jackson Schools Board member Ivory Phillips, who voted against renewing the MSO contract, says he expects the board will reconsider their Oct. 20 vote.

Board members Larkin and Ann Jones voted for renewal, while Delmer Stamps and Ivory Phillips voted against continuing the contract.
Board member Ivory Phillips, who cast one of the two votes against renewal, said that he expected the board to reconsider a strings program in the district. He could not specify when the board would give the program a second look, however, or what would make him vote for renewal.
"I'm fairly certain we're going to revisit it; it's just that I don't know in what form nor how far down the road it's going to be," Phillips said.
Phillips said that his children and grandchildren studied music and that he used music and poetry in his own lessons while teaching high school social studies.
"My vote had nothing to do with my attitude towards music in schools," Phillips said. "It had much more to do with cost and the budgetary situation in which we now find ourselves."
JPS needs to cut $6.1 million from its budget for the 2010 fiscal year. Phillips expects the district to slash even more before the end of the school year. The complaints he received did not address that fact, Phillips said.
"I've gotten a lot of e-mails and phone calls," Phillips said.
If Ivory Phillips cannot figure out the "reasoning or rationale behind" keeping the music program in JPS, maybe he needs to resign forthwith. Talk about clueless.
But Dr. Phillips, you'll get the message loud and clear from all those parents who invested time and money in this program. I'm disgusted with his disdain for the parents of JPS.

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