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School Management Group to Advise Carver Heights

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The Edison group plans on making computers a large part of learning.
GOLDSBORO — How would you like it if a private company came in and pretty much tookover your child's school. It's about to happen in Wayne County. Schoolleaders are joining forces with an an outside company to try to jumpstarta low- performing school. Educators are confident the partnership willlead to better grades.

Judy Mallery is about to take on one of the biggest changes she's experiencedin 18 years of teaching.

"We're always trying to look at what's going to be the best for the children," Mallery explains. "We hope that this is going to be successfulfor them and for all of us."

Carver Heights Elementary is the first public school in our state to teamup with the Edison Project, a private school management group. It's knownfor incorporating fundamentals like math and reading with computers andinput from parents.

Two years ago, teachers and parents at Carver Heights asked the school board for help with poor test scores.

"The Edison Project was selected because it most closely matched all ofthe concerns and issues addressed by the school community originally,"says instructional director Marlee Ray.

The change will also mean more time in the classroom. Right now, astudent is typically in class six hours a day. Next year, they'll put ina full eight hours.

Administrators say the changes shouldn't cost taxpayers any extra moneyand no teachers will be forced out.

"We see our agreement with the Edison people as part of a trend to provideanother choice to the children of wayne county public schools," saysSuperintendent Jimmy Williams.

That choice begins in August when the school bell rings in new managementand a whole new philosophy. Once the school is up and running, everychild in Wayne County will be qualified for enrollment.

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