GREAT column, Bruce!
Di Anne was one of the truly beautiful people of this world, inside and out. Those who knew her know this without doubt.
"Do they recieve any significant private funding?
How do you account for their success? Smaller school? Is this a hand-picked student body? More involved parents? What do you think?"
They work hard to raise money every day. And yes, it is a smaller school with about 500 students in 6 - 12 grades. The student body is not hand-picked. Students have to meet certain TN state criteria (two grades behind in school, qualify for free lunch program, others) and they apply. Their names are placed into a lottery just like being put in a hat and the school has no say so in who gets selected.
I think they are successful because they have a long school day, 7:45 - 4:30 and they are very, very careful about hiring teachers for whom teaching is not so much a job as it is a calling. They are also very strong on discipline and organization, and they preach nothing but college, college, college in every aspect of what they do.
"TN report card says that only 17% of these kids can pass the math EOC and 33% can pass the reading. No advanced courses are taught in this high school."
Homer, The Soulsville Charter School teaches AP English, AP algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; AP biology, AP Latin, and AP U.S history.
The Soulsville Charter School doesn't receive one penny more in per-pupil funding or any other funding than any Memphis City School. That is the law.
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