JMCSS Superintendent: State’s failing grades not alarming
JACKSON, Tenn.–Jackson-Madison County School superintendent Verna Ruffin said the fact the state Department of Education report card failed the school district’s performance is not alarming. “We have some schools that are not doing very well and we have some intentions behind our plan to help those schools improve,” said Dr. Verna Ruffin, JMCSS superintendent. The district was among the top of the list last year, but are now near the bottom. Ruffin said the report card groups the district as a whole and does not necessarily grade individual performance accurately. “We need to recognize that the report card does not exemplify every single facet of the system It is an overall rating,” she said. Some parents said they are concerned about sending their students to public school. “When you’re failing in school, it’s not only the teachers problem its the parents problem as well,” said Latoya Anderson, a concerned parent. As a whole the state says our schools are not efficiently educating the more than 13,000 students in the system. Ruffin points out there are specific areas where the district is performing well. She said for the first time, the school district has three Blue Ribbon Schools. Some parents said they are apprehensive about sending their students to public school. “When you’re failing in school, it’s not only the teachers problem its the parents problem as well,” said Latoya Anderson, a concerned parent. Dr. Ruffin said the state will step in to help Lincoln Magnet School and Jackson Career and Technology. The two schools identified as “priority schools.” She said it is too early to give details about the multi-phase plan. The district will be putting out it’s own report card. Dr. Ruffin said it will include a more comprehensive evaluation of how the schools are performing in Jackson-Madison county.