JPPSS Awarded Millions to Strengthen Struggling Schools

Children who attend some of the highest-need schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System will soon receive extra support and resources as part of the district’s new Transformation Network. The district’s plan for improving persistently struggling schools was approved by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. It means $1.8 million for these 10 schools this year and the opportunity for continued funding in subsequent years.

“With an equity agenda in mind, it’s important to realize that some schools need different resources to be successful,” said JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “Our Transformation Network will strategically implement top-tier curriculum, leadership team development, instructional coaching and community engagement for some of our most challenged schools. We realize stronger student outcomes don’t happen by chance; instead they result from a thoughtful approach, talented educators and a commitment to research-based best practice in schools. We are thankful to partner in this redesign effort and realize our students, families and communities will be the beneficiaries.”

The schools in the JPPSS Transformation Network will be Cherbonnier-Rillieux Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Livaudais Middle, Miller Wall Elementary, Pitre Elementary, Roosevelt Middle, Strehle Elementary, Thibodeaux Elementary, Woodmere Elementary, and Worley Middle.

District leaders are committed to addressing core academics, educator workforce, district structures, and student services in order to improve teaching and learning at these schools. To understand the needs of our students, district leaders conducted an analysis of grades K-12 to identify weaknesses in areas like academics, professional development, student support services, and educational programs.

These schools will also fully implement the TAP model, which is a comprehensive school reform that supports teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. Districts across the nation have benefitted from this system that expands teacher career paths, provides instructionally-focused accountability and continuous training, and offers a performance-based supplement to regular salary.

In all, the LDOE approved 44 school systems’ localized plans for improving persistently struggling schools. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all states to identify struggling schools and award set-aside dollars to school systems that have strong evidence-based plans for improvement. The school systems that earned approval and funding will now fulfill their local strategies.

“Excellence is the expectation, and I’m excited to work with the dedicated leaders and teachers in these schools to ensure we are supporting our students to their highest potential,” said JPPSS Executive Director of Transformation Malekah Salim-Morgan. “I know that we will make gains for our kids next year with our new Tier 1 curriculum, full TAP implementation, and the coaching and professional development we will provide.”