Keon Booker’s daughter is a 7th grade student at Martin Luther King Middle School. He said her class has been without an English teacher for the majority of the school year.
RPS spokeswoman Cletisha Lovelace provided the following statement:
Three 7th grade English teachers have been temporarily replaced with long-term substitutes as a result of a medical condition experienced by one teacher, the retirement of another teacher and the resignation of a third teacher.
The 2015-2016 school year is the first for the school under Principal Derrick Scarborough and a somewhat reconstituted staff after years of ineffectual leadership, a disintegrating culture, and plummeting test scores. Word has it that Scarborough has been given job #1 to first rebuilt the environment and culture at MLK instead of chasing standardized test results. This has been (for the most part) the most outwardly quiet year at the school in a while.