Low-Performing Mississippi Schools Could be Restructured

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mississippi lawmakers have passed the final version of a bill that says chronically low-performing schools could be restructured.

They could become either charter or "new start" schools, both of which are public schools designed to increase parental involvement.

The bill passed both chambers Saturday, clearing the Senate 72-11 and the House 84-29. Mississippi has 951 elementary and secondary schools, and officials say 212 of those are failing or at risk of failing.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    Money does not make a good education.I went to a school that the county tried to forget existed, many years ago.I have a Master's Degree & I make enough money for my family to be reasonable comfortable, no Hummers or mansions.If the children are not taught at home that education is the key to success then the schools will never get better.Fifteen years ago the kindergarten students at Witherspoon were starting school 18 months behind,that means that the school was working with 3 1/2 year olds not 5 year olds. I'm just saying that it is a hard deficit to overcome. And the fact that they have been taught no self discipline complicates the situation 1000 fold.
  • by Margaret Location: Ms Delta on Mar 29, 2010 at 06:57 PM
    When people say our schools are low-performing because the kids want welfare, are they talking about the thousands of farmers who get millions of dollars even if they do nothing, the doctors and dentist who make millions from medicaid and chips, the grocery store owners who make millions from food stamps,or are they talking about the single parents who get hundreds of dollars to feed their children. No...the problem with our public schools is not the children. They do what they are allowed to do. The problem is the adults. Adults who have little compassion, little patience, and even less concern are the ones who are failing. Parents are not reading, teachers are not motivating, and consequently students are not focused. We are reaping the harvest of allowing tv to raise our children. Turn off the tv and open a book. Start with the Bible.
  • by Educated Parent Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    I have to agree with what Teacher said in the post @ 9:01 pm on Mar 28th. We all know and see the abuse of the welfare system. Perhaps if we would stop rewarding stupidity (I say stupidity- not ignorance because while they may not be educated, these welfare riders know exactly what they're doing), maybe we would see some kids that actually want to come to school to learn. I have friends that teach 2nd & 3rd grade in low income school districts. Both have related numerous stories of how 8 & 9 yr old girls will tell them they can't wait to have babies and get free housing, etc like their parent. When this is the example set by the parent(s), what do you expect?! It is sad that parents don't even make an effort to create a better future for their children. I have two children and can tell you that I have high expectations for their future, which I discuss with them and I make my presence with their teachers known- so they know I am involved in what they are doing. Parents -get involved!
  • by Teacher Location: Meridain on Mar 28, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    When uneducated people have 6 kids in Meridian so they can live off the welfare system and they have 6 kids that is 36 people living off the system. When an educated couple has 2 kids and they have 2 kids that is 4. 36 against 4 in the next election. What do you think is going to happen? Educated people need to start having more kids period. It is called reverse Darwinism. The system is set up to assit the weakest and less intelligent. The more babies they have the more money they get. The only way to stop it is have parents who look at their kids as more than a SSI and welfare meal ticket. Meridian is in real trouble. Glad I will be leaving soon. Good luck.
  • by Dago on Mar 28, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    I guess the IRS will be in charge of them like the Irs will be in charge of HEALTHCARE from now on! Call the IRS for you check up appointment! ____! Leave it to the Government!
  • by Jay Location: Meridian on Mar 28, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    Teacher how does more money= better schools? We (taxpayers) have shoveled enough money into this pit of an educational system. Americans spend the most per student for education while still receiving the lowest scores.
  • by Louis Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 28, 2010 at 02:13 PM
    When the Mississippi Legislature refuses to fully fund education to meet the new requirements of No Child Left Behind, it is a receipe for failure. Most people in education know the legislature wants charter schools so they can once again have tax supported segregated schools. Fully fund eduation and redraw the school boundries to create a better racial balance and it will greatly reduce the amount of chronocially under performing schools.
  • by another teacher Location: meridian on Mar 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    Teacher, I thought the same thing when I read that. There is almost 0 parental involvement. The only time they want to get involved is to stir up trouble....not help make the school be the best :)
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    of course there will be "several schools in meridian" and i think we all know of atleast one. This should be an embarrassment for the students at these schools (Meridian High and others) but Im sure it isnt because most arent too bright as it is......People just dont care these days, not the parents, not the teachers, not the students, and definitely not the lawmakers.....
  • by Stephen on Mar 28, 2010 at 08:17 AM
    There are without a doubt, several schools in Meridian that will fall into this category.
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