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The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted the request of the Jackson school district to keep a high school principal suspended over a prayer controversy out of his job at Wingfield High School while it reviews the case.

The court granted the temporary stay last month, days after a county judge ordered Bishop Knox reinstated with back pay. Hinds County Chancery Court Judge W.O. (Chet) Dillard had ruled on April 22 that the district erred in suspending Mr. Knox for allowing student-led prayers over the intercom last fall. (See Education Week, May 4, 1994.)

Chief Post: John Murphy, the superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, N.C., schools, has withdrawn from consideration for the superintendency in Philadelphia. (See Education Week, April 13, 1994.)

A spokesman for the Charlotte district said Mr. Murphy has pledged to remain in his job until his contract expires in August 1996.

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