Thursday, November 26, 2015

Kim Wade gets fired up.

Kiiiiiiim Wade discusses his visit to Reimagine Prep on November 13.  He goes into the usual Friday afternoon Jackson Gun & Knife Club rap but then moves on the McDowell Road charter school at 10:50.   The opponents of charter schools have had their run in the media for the last few years.  Now it is time to present the real story.

There is no cherry-picking at Reimagine Prep.  All of the students are on free or reduced lunch.  The vast majority of them come from single-parent homes.  The student population is 100% black.  Many of them are at first or second grade reading level.  Many of them also were at first grade level in math.  You read that correctly.  JPS had passed them along to fifth grade anyway.

Assessments were given to each student at the beginning of the school year.  Results were discussed privately with parents when possible.  Several parents did not know how poorly their kids were educated as JPS does not give a grade below a 50.  Thus a child who is making a score of 20 or 30 receives a 50.  It is misleading and prevents the parent from having a true picture of the child's literacy.  If the parent herself is poorly educated, then the problem is compounded.

The children spend much more time on reading and math than do the Jackson public elementary schools.  The school day starts at 7:30 and ends at 4:30.  It is a full school day- there is no "after school care".  15% of the students are IEP  (10% in JPS).  The children have a voluntary enrichment Saturday each week. Many attend - and more than a few don't want to go home.  Amazing what stability and a safe environment can instill a spirit of learning in kids.  What a concept.  The teachers are paid more than JPS teachers.... and the administrators make less than their JPS counterparts.

Saban's process and attention to every small detail comes to mind when one visits a class at Reimagine.  Children have to speak in complete sentences.  All students must turn their heads and pay attention to a student when he speaks.  Correct posture is emphasized.  The principal knows every child's name.  Students are tested on a regular basis but the focus is on achieving a certain level of proficiency in each task, not a letter grade per se (Just as they teach soldiers in the military).  The kids are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  They are attentive and eager to learn.

Principal Christina McDonald said each fifth grader is also taking a class in computer coding.  Even the children who are "at risk" and starting at a first-grade reading level are learning how to code and are able to keep up with their peers.   It was quite refreshing to see these kids both eager to learn and actually learning.   Kim was visibly moved by what he saw that day at Reimagine. 

Kingfish note: If someone wants to help the school, shoot an email to  The library is virtually non-existent to any donated books are appreciated.  Watership Down would be very much appreciated (KF joke).

*Midtown Public Charter school also operates in Jackson. 


Anonymous said...

I hope Jackson gets many,many,many,of these charter schools. The JPS Cedric Grey crow are beyond pathetic and just want there check

Anonymous said...

JPS is the reason why I chose to close my business location in Jackson and move it. The breakdown for the taxes for JPS is astronomical. And JPS pays Gray way too much to allow the product that is shuffled out the door to enter into society as a "scholar" as he once put it.

Ban The Red Pencil said...

Yes, the new buzzword is 'scholars'. It's the acceptable way to refer to kids in school. It's all encompassing regardless of input and output. They're not students nor matriculators nor attendees nor school-kids, all of which we've run through. They're scholars. Never mind the definition of scholar. Like the definition of math, it's changed.

And some consultant was paid to come up with that.

Anonymous said...

The taxes go like this. I pay $3,800 that goes to JPS on a $7250 real estate tax. You tell me how the risk/return works on this sh! Billy Joel once had a song in the '70's " Im Movin' Out".

I remember when I went to school a 50 ( what JPS says is passing) would equate to an a&& whipping! NOW, they are called scholars...what a load of crap.

Outstanding Return on Investment said...

### Metro School District Ad Valorem Millage Rates (2013-2014) ###

Jackson Public Schools = 82.44 mils

Clinton Public Schools = 67.94 mils
Hinds County School District = 65.0 mils
---> AVERAGE = 61.45 mils <---
Pearl Public Schools = 60.44 mils

Madison County School District = 54.55 mils
Canton Public Schools = 50.39 mils

Rankin County School District = 49.42 mils

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