MPS Working on Plan of Action

Meridian Public School District officials say there are many factors that go into its poor showing in the state's new accountability ratings.

"We have had students who have been in classes two and three years within the same grade, and we have to redefine the strategies for those students," said superintendent Charlie Kent. "We have teachers who have been working very hard, but some of the work has not been focused or directed on a certain group of students. And what we're doing now is we're focusing on each child in the district."

"It means before and after school tutoring, during school tutoring," said Furlinda Travis, director of curriculum. "It means Saturday school for some students that have come in and studied on Saturday's at the high school."

As part of the plan of action, district officials say money from the federal stimulus package will be used to pay interventionists who are already working within Meridian Public Schools to tutor students in their specific areas of need after school.

To encourage full participation, district officials say they are examining the possibility of asking parents of students in need to sign a waiver if they do not want their child to take part.

District officials say they are now working to develop an "individualized" education plan for each student. They say this will help each student succeed by providing extra assistance within their specific area of need.

Meridian High School did not receive a rating, because it has been for grades 10-12, and did not have ninth graders taking Algebra I, for the purposes of evaluation. Next year, ninth graders will be at MHS, so the school will be rated after that.

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  • by Concerned educator Location: Meridian on Dec 1, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Ed, I am a teacher and I am so sad to read that you had a negative experience that makes you feel so negative toward education and educators. You have the power to change that for your children by letting your negative feelings go and trying to help your children see that they need to do everything they can to have a positive attitude and work cooperatively with their teachers when they go to school and try to do their best. I hope you can do this for your children. You can be a positive force in their lives by letting your disappointments not be theirs. You should want them to move forward and do their best. It doesn't mean it will be easy but they can reap the benefits of your encouraging them.
  • by Ladell on Dec 1, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Ed, I have my high school diploma and I am a full time welder. I can speak properly and have sentence structure because my parents made me learn, not because of a diploma. My parents believed that "If i didn't learn, I must not have tried." They didn't blame the teachers for my laziness. You are where you are because of you and your family.....not the school!
  • by in-the-classroom Location: here on Dec 1, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    I AGREE 100% WITH THIS STATEMENT MADE BY CONSEQUENCES & REWARDS: "MPSD adminstration and board needs to send a powerful message out that school is about education not disrupting any class." I DO NOT SEE THINGS IMPROVING UNLESS THIS HAPPENS. THIS WILL BE A GOOD START TO RECOVERY.
  • by ed on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    chuckles again personal attacks when the facts are put out.. the point is made your lack of proper responses .. and what is frightening is that you can be a teacher or one that is college educated......
  • by Ladell on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Ed, It is sad that your trying to make a point and can't because you my friend "Are not smarter than a 5th Grader!". It is scary to think that people this low level can vote.
  • by Consequences & Rewards Location: Meridian on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    I agree, students should not be allowed to participate in electives if they disrupt the learning environment. These should be classes to reward those who work hard and follow the rules. It is time for students to suffer the consequences for negative behavior. Teachers work hard enough without having to deal with disruptive students; MPSD adminstration and board needs to send a powerful message out that school is about education not disrupting any class. The successful districts surrounding Meridian city schools do not tolerate the type of behaviors we see in this district that is why people are moving out of the city so their children can learn in a successful and safe environment. Teachers have one of the hardest jobs with very little support and I would like to say thanks for all you do for our children who come to learn and an even bigger thank you for continuing to try to help those who are difficult.
  • by ed on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    your right.. am what they didnt do... and I will fight because of their failure of me and my children for that very reason ... lest I will say what needs to be said and have no trouble with it.. those that dont like hard facts and one that will not play the excuse game you attack on personal level.. You are part of the problem never the answer.. so take your saving for yourself learn how to argue a fact with out taking personal swipe at another.. but then it is said those that want others to think they are takes personal attacks at others to in order to convince themselves they did something ..... ____ sure sounds PC to me.... this is like a planning committee all talk no action and most afraid to take the action... so you have another committee.. to see why the first one failed.. own the problem toss out the excuses get the job done.. or as was said WW2 praise the lord pass the ammo... shrugs.. so go home toss the lazy-boy in L for loser enjoy your beer & sports
  • by Saving Grace for ed Location: Meridian on Nov 30, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    Ed, please quit while you are ahead..Don't worry about the education of others just save yourself and go back to school for a better education. You are a prime example of why the school system is what it is, for the "lack there of"
  • by Truth Man on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Local Educator, I understand your situation. You work hard to learn the proper way to speak and write and in the end, your students don't care. The kids at MPS would rather work a dead end job and afford that all important car before considering changing their family tree with an education. It seems sagging pants might be a new look with a meaning. If you care as little about your appearance, you probably don't care about your future either. This is no doubt the fault of the black community that chooses to blame others than itself. Where are the community leaders stepping up and admitting that the lack of family structure (a mother and father) has caused most of this! I work with the schools closely and at most events, I can't even find a relative that came to support the child. I chose to stand with a student at senior day because his parents didn't show like he asked.
  • by ed on Nov 30, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    Educator was being a smart _____ with that word.. but you are the typical in response when you don't have a leg to stand on you attack the person... you understood enough to make the attack.. thanks reminds me to do a pre-write first... .. btw.. you have enough a (FS) missing a few (P) as well.. now.. that said.. all i see is point fingers.. as far as paying for kids .. well take that up with the state and NEA stopping school vouchers... attacking home schooling.. empower students you already did that called rights and it has all failed ...
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